Calais Migrant Solidarity – report from the jungle

March 23, 2013: Periodic controls and arrests in the Pashtu jungle and in town

During the past weeks the police have been frequently entering the jungles and performing ID controls and arresting people, taking them to Coquelles and trying to deport many back to other European countries (under Dublin II), particularly Italy.

It has started to become daily raids again in the jungles. On Friday (22nd) morning about 20 people were arrested. 17 people were released, three were taken to detention.

Also people are being harassed in the parks a lot, with the same police officers ID controlling the same people repeatedly again and again in the same day, sometimes after only minutes, including those who have papers for France.

And people are again being picked up late at night for ID controls in town, not just by the port, and held over night in cells at the police station illegally. It is illegal for the police to detain people for ID controls for more than 4 hours (from the moment they are stopped) and they are not allowed to hold them in custody cells at all for the purposes of ID controls. Yet this continues to be routinely ignored.

More about Calais Migrant Solidarity: http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

Some No Borders video links

No Borders and Calais Migrant Solidarity activists gathered in Paris for a day of action for Freedom of Movement around the Gare du Nord (May 2010):
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/05/451706.html

The first ever demonstration against a detention centre in Bulgaria organised by the Bulgarian Anarchist Federation of Anarchists in Bulgaria (FAB-IFA). March 20th, 2010 (no sound):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrFEFpmkMqU

Documentary about Frontex (EU border control operation) in 2009:
Frontex: The Movie (featuring noborder camp in lesvos 2009) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuFo5egBqE

Calais Migrant Solidarity

Calais Migrant Solidarity is a independent group of people supporting migrant people in and around Calais.

  1. Calais Migrant Solidarity has a blog site in English and French:
    http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/
  2. A Calais Migrant Solidarity facebook group was set up to try and get more people aware and to get more people coming down to calais:
    http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/calais-migrant-solidarity-facebook-group/

Banner drop - in solidarity for those without papers

No Borders reopen Kronstadt Hangar in Calais

Kronstadt Hangar in Calais re-opened!
17 February, 2010 – (from Calais Migrant Solidarity)
http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

At 10am today, the No Borders network officially reopened the Kronstad Hangar in Calais to the migrant population. This follows the first public opening on Saturday 6th February, and the subsequent violent police eviction the following day .

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Call for action against Calais eviction

URGENT CALL OUT for activists, legal observers, journalists and video activists to support migrants in Calais, France against imminent police attack and deportation!

Information from activists on the ground in Calais points to the police preparing to destroy some or many of the ‘jungles’ housing around 1,800 migrants in Calais, sometime this week beginning Monday 20th July. These ‘jungles’ are where people who have travelled across Europe wait in makeshift shelters, with little food or medical assistance, for their nightly attempts to get onto lorries making the crossing to the UK. Many of the migrants will be unaware of this threat. Reports from Calais say the French authorities are preparing for the destruction of the make-shift camps next Tuesday, 21st July, with a mass deportation flight to Afghanistan planned on Friday, 24th July.

http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

‘Tuesday Night Project’ Barbecue: Tuesday 21st July

The next Tuesday Night Project barbecue is on Tuesday 21st July from 6pm at Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum (Square Centre). This month we have a Zimbabwean theme to the night as our friends from Nottingham Zimbabwean Community Network are helping to prepare and cook the food. There will be plenty of good food and music and lots to do. Any donations of cash, food or refreshments are welcome.

The barbecue is followed by a meeting organised by members of the Tuesday Night Project and No Borders Nottingham. The meeting will give a report back from Calais No Borders Camp and give an opportunity for members of the Zimbabwean community to talk about the current situation in Zimbabwe. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.

Calais No Border Camp news

Update: In addition to the newletters, have a look at this article from South Wales No Borders reflecting on the success of the Calais NB camp after it finished.

Amidst a great deal of negative news reporting, the No Borders Camp in Calais has begun. The camp is producing a daily newspaper Nomade in French and English so you can find out what’s really going on!

Newsletter 3 (English version, 4 page bulletin, PDF format): http://calaisnoborder.eu.org/sites/default/files/noborder_numero3_anglais_internet.pdf

Newsletter 2, 24th June 2009 (English version, 4 page bulletin, PDF format): http://calaisnoborder.eu.org/sites/default/files/noborder_numero2_anglais_internet.pdf

Newsletter 1 (seperate pages):
[page 1] [page 2] [page 3] [page 4]

Freedom of movement ! Close down detention centres !

More info (English and French): http://calaisnoborder.eu.org and http://lille.indymedia.org