After a tense night, clearance work in the so-called Calais ‘jungle’, the largest tent city in France, has resumed. The court has given the green light to the dismantling of the southern area of the camp, which hosts thousands of asylum seekers who are waiting for a ride to England in the port city on the English Channel. A spokesman for the municipality said that groups of migrants gathered on the fringes of the camp during the night, but there were no violent incidents.
Last night, about 150 migrants threw stones against the cars that were heading towards the port and the police answered with tear gas. The migrants and the British militants from “No Borders” threw stones at the police and set several huts on fire. Around 8 p.m., law enforcement agencies took control of the road that leads to the port, full of debris. Three activists and a migrant were arrested.
Francois Hollande’s government assured that all the migrants who will be sent away from the Calais ‘Jungle’, will be offered an alternative: warm containers or reception centers. Yet, non-governmental organizations consider the number of available beds insufficient. According to the NGOs, over 3,400 refugees and asylum seekers will have to leave the southern part of the tent city, whereas the prefecture mentioned about one thousand people.