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France: Refugees Launch Hunger Strike to Protest Calais Eviction

HeadlineMar 03, 2016

Meanwhile, in Calais, France, police have continued to dismantle parts of the country’s largest refugee camp, known as The Jungle. Refugees say the police have been destroying people’s homes and are threatening to destroy community centers, such as distribution centers and kitchens, even though a court ruling last week prohibits authorities from dismantling public spaces. At least a dozen refugees have launched a hunger strike to protest the ongoing eviction. Five of them have sewn their lips shut in protest. An Iraqi refugee named Sarwar spoke out.

Sarwar: “I’m planning to go to U.K. But how? The border is closed. I cannot live in The Jungle anymore, because CRS [French riot police] don’t leave me alone, destroyed my shelter. And I don’t know where my life is going.”

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