Calais: the evictions have started

update: People in the squat Galloo have decided to resist eviction

read their statement:

April 1, 2015

Why we are not moving ; from residents of Galloo


The two main camps in the East of Calais, by the Tioxide factory and in bois Debruille (in front of the Tioxide jungle) are now empty: the people have moved near the Jules-Ferry new day centre, after being threatened by police with forced eviction. They moved to the new jungle under strong winds. Nobody wanted to go there, they just felt they had no choice. The authorities had threatened to send 1000 CRS (riot police) and gendarmerie, and people are afraid – despite governmnent empty promises that the evicitons will not be violent, because police violence has escalated to unprecedented levels  The people who wanted to resist eviction were outnumbered by the ones who started moving. Hundreds between Eritreans, Ethiopians, Afghans and Pakistanis are now in the new jungle. The women and children who were in the women’s shelter have been forced to move to a squalid prefab building inside the Jules-Ferry centre, some women are sleeping out in the new jungle because there is not enough space.

11079565_10152718339211921_1678915707073539205_nThe new jungle (photo Medicins du Monde)

Some people in the squat Galloo have decided to resist eviction, others moved to Jules-Ferry new jungle, some came back to Galloo because the strong winds blew their tents. Most people in Galloo are Sudanese but there are also Egyptans, Syrians and other Arabs, some Ethiopians and some women. The 12.000 m2 squat Galloo was opened by NoBorders as a response to the evictions last Summer and is not far from the train station. The Sudanese in the jungle by the LeaderPrice supermarket, West of Calais, are moving to Jules-Ferry. The Syrians who sleep out in town are refusing to move. The Egyptians in their small squat are still there, and the Sudanese by the old cold weather shelter (BCMO) are still there. The Afghans by the LIDL supermarket near Marck are still there but about to move.
There are not even toilets in the new jungle, nor drinking water outside the opening hours of the Jules-Ferry day centre, not even a skip for the rubbish, and no roads. The authorities say they will put a water tap outside the day centre and they will build a road – some say the road will be used by the police. The authorities have refused to provide any tents or shelters and the associations who help the migrants are struggling to find materials to build new shelters, tents and money to buy them: they receive no public funding and they don’t even have enough tarpaulin.
There is massive local, national and international solidarity and so many people going to Calais to support the migrants like never before, and a strong and continuos No Borders presence. It is not too late to build a strong campaign against racist segregation, against police violence, for freedom of movement and for people’s right to have a roof and three meals per day.
According to the authorities’ plans, all people must move to the new jungle–ghetto near the new day centre Jules-Ferry, where they will be ‘tolerated’, and bring their tents else they will be destroyed. The centre is in the middle of nowhere, out of town and out of sight and is open only by day. No accommodation is  provided, and only one meal per day. A hundred women and their children are allowed to sleep in the centre – they have been forced to go there, where they have 4 m2 each at their disposal in a prefab. The issue of many unaccompanied minors is not even addressed. The ground near Jules-Ferry is covered in water, sand dunes and thorny bushes and it is not suitable for building shelters or pitching tents. There are no houses around, no roads and no shops – and no potential witnesses. Police are regualry circling the roads, beating people up and spraying them with gas –though the worst violence happens when people are trying to cross to England; not even women and children are spared. I think people are so scared that they could not find the heart to resist the evictions, despite long-running attempts to organize, with the support of No Borders and associations. All people can think of is to get out of Calais as soon as possible, they go to try for England every day and every night braving the police truncheons and the gas, and in that they are very courageous. Some of the best migrant activists went to England, so we lost them to the cause – though we are happy they made it. In the past there have always been some form of resistance when evictions came.

Other violence comes from lorry drivers, security and Nazis linked to the collective Sauvons Calais, who also attack activists and volunteers. It would be great if antifa could come to Calais more regularly and moreoften, especially at week-ends when the Nazis do their rounds – though the Nazis are nowhere to be seen when lots of anitifa turn up! The local antifa are very few. Most migrants in Calais are refugees from the most oppressed and war torn countries in the world: Sudan (Darfur and Nuba Mountains), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria. Numbers of migrants have gone down from over 2300 at the end of 2014 to less than 2000. Many people have managed to go to England despite increased police violence and border controls, and a new fence that falls down every time there is strong wind. Some people have applied for asylum in France, some have been given accommodation, often far away from Calais, some are still in the jungles. A few have returned to their countries. Fewer people are coming to Calais since Italy resumed taking finger prints, under pressure from France and Europe. The day centre Jules-Ferry, while trying to make the French government look good by providing some essential services at substandard levels, is yet another step towards segregation and creates new problems that cannot be solved. Nobody wants to go to the new jungle. It is very far from everything, in a wasteland where hunters shoot wild animals and the ground is littered by thousands of empty cartridges. The area has also been used for dumping waste and there could be amianth, and is under toxic fumes from the factory. There have been already racist attacks near Jules-Ferry, that is a major target for the Nazis of Sauvons Calais who do not want migrants nowhere near Calais. Some local people have threatened to destroy new shelters with a digger when the first migrants moved there. People are being pushed into the areas controlled by smugglers. Women have no protection from men who want to force them into prostitution. Near Jules-Ferry the police will be free to beat and gas people as they wish, in the absence of witnesses, especially at night when the employees and volunteers of the day centre go home – there are no houses, no shops, not a sign of civilization. To force all people from different migrant communities in the same place creates a very dangerous situation, and if a fight breaks out nobody will be able to stop it. Migrants are afraid police will not let them leave the new jungle to try and go to England.

new tent diggerOne of the new tents, and the digger local people used to attempt destroy the new tents  (courtesy Auberge des migrants)

There is an international call out to go to Calais and support the migrants.

There is also a call out to collect tents, money and materials.

The management of the current refugee crisis in Calais requires other means than to force all and everyone in a jungle-ghetto. Some decent accommodation must be made available to everybody, possibly in structures with no more than 100 people in each, near shops, roads and houses so migrant people are not cut off society. Every country in Europe must take its share of refugees. Legal ways of travelling must be made available to all, and especially to those fleeing conflict. Better still, borders should be abolished and people let free to go wherever they want. People must be allowed to settle in European countries of their choice, other than the first country where they have been identified (according to the Dublin regulations). If people had the freedom to move they would not accumulate in Calais, where they do not want to be. So the refugee crisis in Calais would be resolved, fully resolved!

No borders, no nations, no racist segregation!

For contacts and updates look at
Calais Migrant Solidarity

0033 7534 75159

Exodus / watchtheborders

Passeurs d’hospitalités

Interviews with migrants and with David from UKHIP

Video of the new jungle: must watch!

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Although police always used the same methods of ‘persuasion’, in the past evictions where met with some resistance. An example:



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