Refugees forced to board buses set for unknown destinations
This morning my friends woke me up letting me know the police were outside, waiting for us. There were many police cars and police surrounding our tents. I felt nervous and so decided to run, my friends stayed behind. Later they called me to say they were put on buses by the police and they are going somewhere else in France. When I went back the police had taken every tent, including mine. They left nothing behind.
My friends will be back soon, so will all the people they have taken, they will come back here like they always do. I don’t understand why this is happening, why the police do this every time, it doesn’t do anything except make us suffer.
– Abdul 22 from Sudan
Yesterday at 6am police, once again, surrounded the largest settlement of refugees in Calais and forced many people to board buses for unknown destinations. Possessions were left behind and so many items were needlessly destroyed.
This endless cycle of brutality achieves nothing as – the same as always – the refugees will return. It creates no solution to their situation. It’s repetition is a continual waste of resources that only harms the most vulnerable in society.
These few hundred people in Calais are the ones that have come to ask us, in the UK for help. The UK government’s only response is to support France to treat them in this way.
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