After 3 days of roundup of batons, tear gas to stop, search, of OQTF (obligation to leave French territory) (70 to 75 in 3 days) –
After a relentless hunt, come support the refugeEs Saturday 6 August at 15h at JAURES!
We need you !
Support needed in Flanders Avenue against these daily raids …
Après 3 jours de rafle, de coup de matraque, de gaz lacrymo, de fouille, d’OQTF (obligation de quitter le territoire français) (entre 70 et 75 en 3 jours)-
Après une traque incessante, venez soutenir les réfugié.e.s SAMEDI 6 AOUT à 15h à JAURES!
Besoin de vous !
Besoin de soutien, avenue de Flandres contre ces rafles quotidiennes…
The funeral of Mubarak Ibrahim, killed on the motorway by an unidentified vehicle, took place yesterday in Calais North cemetery, Over 200 people attended, mostly from the Sudanese community but also other migrant communities, volunteers from associations, local anti-racists and international activists from the No Borders network.
Read the full report here:
The report is based on evidence collected in March. We welcome the report and would like another one, though pessimistic the police will follow any recommendations.
To our knowledge police violence has gone up since, appallingly, especially when people go to try to get on the motorway or Eurostar: it is common practice for the police to move them by spraying them in the eyes, women and children included, and hitting them with truncheons but punitive beatings of people who have been caught are also commonplace.
Particularly worrying is that the police are firing gas grenades and rubber bullets directly at people including underage boys: a 17 years old from Afghanistan was shot in the head and taken to Lille hospital in serious condition, and an Eritrean boy had his eye socket blown off; plus many other horrendous facial injuries, plus injuries to arms, torso, limbs. Two volunteers (other than the volunteer mentioned in this report) were shot at, one hit on the shoulder. It is also commonplace for the police to hit people including women and minors on the head with truncheons, and many have broken fingers and sprained wrists. One man had an arm broken in several pieces and had to undergo an operation, he is still numb and cannot move some of his fingers; it is not clear in his case if it was the police or a paramilitary militia, probably police. Others had broken legs and dislocated ankles as a result of their encounters with police, but there have been at least 5 recent fascist attacks that we know of, they do not behave very differently.
The photos come from an independent medic who was working in the ‘jungle’
The first vigil, 27th July was prevented from happening by a bullying action by the police – ‘good cop’ Patrick in charge of the operation ordered by the prefect Fabienne Buccio, who had forbidden the gathering on the pretext it could cause confrontations with the far right. People who gathered in solidarity were prevented from holding one minute silence in memory of those who died and rudely pushed away by riot cops armed to the teeth with flashballs and gas canisters, one activist was arrested without any reason and charged with rebellion and possession of a weapon, a small pocket knife, that is just good for cutting apples. She spent nearly 24 hours in the police station and is due to appear in court the 18th October. Please come to the tribunal in Boulogne from 9 am to support her. People decided to turn up again the next day without announcing it. There were people from associations (Auberge des migrants and Secours Catholique), Calais anti-fascists and anti-racists, No Border activists and international volunteers).
We gathered again in the same place the day after, and this time, the turnout was even bigger and the activist who was arrested the day before came to join. The police did not arrive to stop the gathering, though there was some harassment of protesters, and cops taking photos. There were some speeches and a minute of silence. Afterwards, the long list of names of those who died at Calais border was read aloud, and the gathering peacefully dispersed.