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Communiqué from Calais Housing for all – Statement: We will not let ourselves be taken away![Calais, France]

Calais. France. Two statements on the occupations and repression in the past days in Calais.

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Channel Charades – On the Franco-British border: Everyone’s at sea

The widely publicised shipwreck off the coast of Calais on 24 November, which left 27 dead, drew a few crocodile tears from the sharks that govern France and England. A show of hypocrisy that does not hide the truth: the deadly closure of the increasingly militarised maritime border of the Channel are the first responsible.

Image above: “The real enemy travels by private jet not dinghy”. (Tag on a wall in Dover town centre, October 2021)

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Message from the refugees after the death of our brother [Calais, France]

Calais. France. Last Tuesday, September 28, Yasser, a young Sudanese man died at the French-British border. Despite his grief, his family chose to bury Yasser’s body in Calais. Yasser’s relatives and members of the Sudanese community in Calais have written the following letter, available in French, Arabic and English (scroll down for the French and Arabic version).

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#Calais, #France: the saga of evictions continues

Calais. France. On October 22, 2020, the Prefecture of Pas de Calais once again proceeded with the eviction and mass destruction of a camp. It was a place called “Unicorn Jungle”, where nearly 300 exiled people were surviving, according to the distribution of tents made by Utopia 56 a week earlier. Once again, the associations denounced the brutality and inefficiency of these operations. They do not respect the fundamental rights of the exiled.

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#Calais, #France: Ban on distributing food to migrants is maintained – Mobilization on September 26th

Calais. France. For the judge of the administrative court of Lille, 4 kms on foot to eat, that’s fine. In an order dated September 22, the judge of the administrative court of Lille rejected the request made by 12 local and national associations to cancel the order of September 10, by which the prefect of Pas-de-Calais prohibited any free distribution of drinks and food in certain places in the city center of the municipality of Calais.

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#Calais, #France: 693 evictions from informal living spaces since 1 January 2020

Calais. France. August 13. 2020. Today took place in Calais the 693rd eviction from an informal living space since 1 January 2020. As of 13 August 2020, the fundamental rights of the exiled people surviving in Calais are still not respected (Human Rights Observers).

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#Calais Migrant Solidarity: Update Supporting people in Detention

France. For everyone who has close ones in deport centers or who would like to support the people who are victims of the racist incarceration of those who don’t have the “good” papers, here is a short guide to supporting people in detention in France.

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#Coronavirus: Housing and evictions in #Calais, #France

Calais. France. April 2, 2020. For more than two weeks now, France has been on lock-down. With most French people unable to leave their homes, migrants in Calais are still being evicted from theirs. Human Rights Observers in Calais have counted 45 evictions since March 17th. A police union, Synergie-Officiers, has called for an end to these daily evictions, but the department and prefecture still insist they continue.

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