Following a call from No Borders groups in London and Brighton a group of people have demonstrated this morning outside London's French Embassy to protest the repression and planned mass deportations of migrants living around Calais, France.
See full article in IMC-London for pics and background information.
Banner outside tthe Embassy's main entrance.
Text of the leaflet given to passers by during the protest:
Stop Destruction of Calais Migrant Camps and Mass Deportations
The Northern coast of France is the temporary 'home' to upwards of 1,500 migrants from many of the world's war zones who are seeking what any reasonable human being desires, a better life for themselves in the UK. They live in degrading conditions that would put a Third World slum to shame. They have been abandoned by the French government and are routinely arrested and brutalised by French police. Only a handful of humanitarian organisations, barely tolerated by French officialdom, offer them any help with occasional and hand-me-down clothes, all the time risking prosecution under French law.
The French government are noww seeking a final solution to the 'problem' of the Calais migrants. They have already bulldozed a number of 'Jungles', the name used by all for the migrants' camps, up the coast from Calais and have evicted and demolished migrant squats. Now informaton from the UNHCR in Calais indicates that the riot police and bulldozers will move in on Tuesday 21st July to take on the main Pashtum 'Jungle' in Calais. This is understood to be followed by a mass deportation back to Afghanistan on the 24th, in contravention of Rule 39 (Preventing harm to refugees and migrants in extradition and expulsion cases) of the Rules of Procedure of the ECHR and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Risk of degrading and inhuman treatment), as well as breaching Community law under the asylum procedures directive (Council directive 2005/85/EC of 1/12/2005 on minimum standards on procedures in members states for granting and withdrawing refugee status) and the qualifications directive (Council directive 24/83/EC of 29/4/2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise in need of international protection and the content of the protection granted).
French Ambassador, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne Tel: 0207 073 1000
French Consulate in London: Tel 0207 073 1200 of Fax 0207 o73 1201
Phil Woolas, UK Immigration Minister: Tel 0161 624 4248 / Email email@example.com
French Interior Ministry: Tel 00 331 40 07 60 60