Since French Immigration minister Besson’s policy to make Calais a “migrant-free zone” has begun, make-shift camps are being systematically destroyed and many squats have been razed, forcing people to live in increasingly precarious conditions. Today a Sudanese camp was again destroyed by CRS, French riot police.
This intense police repression is designed to drive people even further out of town, out of sight, further from the support structures that exist like the food distributions. Médecins du Monde’s statement today called for an end to this police repression and also demanded that the materials that they distributed are respected.
Alex Davide from Calais No Borders said, “It is once again a situation where we are forced to plead for even the most basic human rights to be respected. The associations wanted to distribute tents, but they were prevented from doing so. Although these survival packs are welcome they do not address the root cause of the problem. We have come here today with paints and cloths and invited the migrants to express their demands and opinions. Too often they are perceived only as victims. We are organising in Calais with migrants and local people to build a political response to the situation. This means being critical of the whole European immigration policy which is persecuting those who are migrating.”
On sheets and huge pieces of paper messages written by people migrating included:
“We are from Afghanistan…We want human rights in Europe but especially in France. It’s not just the problem of UK, it is the problem of whole European countries.”
“Look us what situation we living, We ask you the solution before 2010.”
“Open the border plz”
“When he left his house he was weeping, He was separated from his mother and village
It was written in his destiny, The whole sad life of a migrant does not end.
Give my love to those who sleep the hard nights outside in Calais.
The migrants remember their village homes. Some of them remember their mother and some of them their father.
Some wish they could see their children and their wives again.
When I try to forget the black eyes of my girlfriend they return to me.
A person's wishes weigh heavy in his heart. Wahid says I will be back in my village, but the words of my neighbours will
bring shame to me.
Florence Thomas concluded, “In Europe the right to sanctuary or to seek a better life is under attack and we believe that only collective political action can oppose this drift towards an extreme racism and xenophobia.”
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Notes to Editors
 Médecins du Monde is an international humanitarian aid organisation that recruits medical and non-medical volunteers, who provide healthcare for vulnerable populations around the world.
Information on their actions in Calais, http://www.medecinsdumonde.org/gb/presse/communiques_de_presse/face_a_la_situation_humanitaire_catastrophique_des_migrants_du_materiel_de
 Calais Migrant Solidarity is a grassroots group that has been working in the area since July carrying out practical solidarity work and monitoring police repression. http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/
 No Borders is a transnational network which works towards freedom of movement for all and organized the Calais No Borders camp in June. http://calaisnoborder.eu.org, www.noborders.org.uk