The tension between police officers and migrants is not weakening in Calais. In the morning of Thursday, during the dismantling of a camp, clashes broke out between the police and migrants. The events took place at the so-called Turquerie site, located near a roundabout where migrants regularly try to board heavy goods vehicles in the hope of being able to reach the United Kingdom.
“Police officers and gendarmes faced, as part of an evacuation operation” with “a hundred migrants showing very great aggressiveness and refusing to leave the place”, affirmed the prefecture of Pas- de-Calais. From the start of the operation, “the police were the target of numerous throwing projectiles. About fifteen police and gendarmes were injured and taken care of by the emergency services, ”she said.
On Twitter, the UNSA Police union also evokes “about fifteen wounded” on the side of the police, “14 colleagues in the hospital for wounded injuries, at least one displaced shoulder and perhaps a broken tibia”. “Faced with the violence of migrants during these operations, the use of all our means of defense is more than necessary”, adds the union.
At least three migrants transported to hospital
Present on the spot, Emma from the inter-associative network Human Rights Observers (HRO), reported “at least three exiled people” injured and taken to hospital. According to her, some 200 people lived on this site. During the recurrent evictions, “usually people are allowed to leave with their belongings”, but this morning “the police ordered the cleaning agents to seize everything and a cordon of CRS was created at 9:30”, she related.
Then, the CRS “chased the exiled people towards the exit of the perimeter”, their tents then remained inside this perimeter and “the cleaning agents were ordered to seize everything”, she continued. A fight then broke out “between the exiled people who threw stones, and the CRS, who used tear gas and LBD”, continued Emma. “The police force was much more important than usual” with some “ten vans of CRS”, underlined Pierre Roques of the Auberge des Migrants.
According to the neighboring town hall of Marck, the camp housed around a hundred migrants, mostly African, who had resettled there after a previous dismantling a few weeks ago. According to the town hall, tear gas cartridges and various projectiles littered the premises on the arrival of a municipal team who went there, alerted by residents. The tension had eased by mid-morning.
Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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