Jul 29 2017
I thought the Muslim invader camp at Calais was already demolished? A report by the Soros-funded Human Rights Watch into the situation in Calais where more than 2,000 Muslim freeloaders are camped out, has detailed accusations of beatings by French police. So, where are all the women and children? Where are all the Syrian refugees?
UK Telegraph Researchers from Human Rights Watch spoke to 44 asylum seekers and migrants in Calais, including three children.
Nineteen, including two of the children, said police had abused them at least once, including beatings. Eight had visible broken limbs or other injuries, which they alleged were caused by police in Calais and surrounding areas. Twenty one, including two children, said police had sprayed them with pepper spray.
“Asylum seekers and migrants shouldn’t have to face police violence in France, and no one who applies for asylum should be left to live in the street,” said Izza Leghtas, Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“Providing adequate reception conditions and humane treatment for asylum seekers isn’t only a matter of meeting legal obligations, it is also the right thing to do to help end the limbo for many asylum seekers in Calais.”
HRW produced a video of some of their interviews, with migrants showing their cut and bruised faces and arms in slings.
But the French police told HRW they were unaware of any accusations of abuse.
The situation in Calais reached crisis point last year, as the continued instability in Syria and north Africa coupled with the lack of government authority in Libya – a key stage of the migrants’ route from the Horn of Africa into Europe – created a surge in migrant numbers.
The migrants, who come mainly from Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan, are currently camped out in the woods near Calais’ port, or sleeping rough in the town centre.
Over the summer running battles were fought between migrants and police, and gangs of men attempted to storm the port.
Every night dozens attempt to clamber across the fences protecting the port or sneak onto lorries – forcing the Channel tunnel authorities to invest more and more money in detecting stowaways.
French police unions have protested that they are vastly outnumbered. Natacha Bouchart, the mayor of the town, has blamed the problem on Britain’s benefits system, which she says is seen as “El Dorado” by migrants.
But others have said that it is a Europe-wide problem, which must be tackled at the border points – primarily in Greece and Italy.