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France: Police Fire Tear Gas, Water Cannons at Refugee Camp Protests

HeadlineOct 03, 2016

In the French port city of Calais, police fired tear gas and water cannons at refugees and their supporters on Saturday as the French government pressed ahead with plans to close the refugee camp known as “The Jungle.” About 200 refugees and 50 of their supporters held the demonstration to protest desperate conditions in the camp, which is home to some 7,000 people fleeing war and poverty. Some of the protesters hoisted British flags as they called on the U.K. government to accept more refugees. This is one asylum seeker.

Unidentified asylum seeker: “Open the U.K. border, let them through. That’s the political solution. In France there is no political solution, and we denounce that.”

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