France: Calais Refugees Vow to Peacefully Defy Eviction of "Jungle" Camp

January 13, 2016
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In France, residents of the Calais refugee camp known as the "jungle" have vowed to peacefully resist authorities’ efforts to evict them and bulldoze parts of the camp. Thousands of refugees live in makeshift tents in Calais as they seek to enter Britain through the Channel Tunnel. But French authorities want to resettle about 1,500 of them in storage containers which the refugees say resemble a prison and lack common areas—like the makeshift kitchens and places of worship in the camp. Authorities have given the residents until tonight to move before they bulldoze a third of the camp on Thursday. In a statement, the residents said: "We, the united people of the Jungle, Calais, respectfully decline the demands of the French government with regards to reducing the size of the Jungle. We have decided to remain where we are and will peacefully resist the government’s plans to destroy our homes." To see our report from the Calais refugee camp in December, go to democracynow.org.


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