Saturday, migrants boarded a ferry, blocking the port of Calais for more than three hours. A No Border activists protest in downtown went wrong. The mayor will be received on February 3 by the Ministers of Interior and Justice.
Renewed tension in Calais. Saturday, the port city of Pas-de-Calais was blocked for more than three hours after the intrusion of fifty migrants on a ferry, boarding hoping to return to England. This intrusion took place after a parade of 2,000 people in support of their cause, the streets of downtown, which demonstrators from several European countries and migrants participated. They demanded the “dignified reception conditions”.
The police intervened and evacuated migrants around 20:30, using a mobile gateway to link up with the boat . According to the interior ministry, 26 migrants were arrested on the ferry, and taken to the premises of the Air and Border Police (PAF) in Coquelles. Nine other people, radical activists “No Borders” according to the same source, have suffered the same fate. Fifteen of them were remanded in custody. This event prompted the president of the port of Calais Jean-Marc Puissesseau asking “crisis talks extremely fast (…) with local officials, regional, parliamentary and government,” saying “it could not last.” The port activity picked up late Saturday evening. In a statement, the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve recalls “the total commitment of the government to ensure public order in Calais, facing the migratory situation.”
On the way to the event earlier in the afternoon, acts of hostility towards migrants were found. A resident of Calais shouted at the protesters in violent terms from his window, observed an AFP photographer. A Calaisien was photographed a rifle in hand, a few meters of the procession. At the same time, the statue of General de Gaulle and Yvonne Vendroux was tagged. It read, including “Nik France.” No Border activists have claimed this act of vandalism on Twitter.
The President of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy region Xavier Bertrand (The Republicans), has protested and asked the government for an emergency meeting.
The mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart (The Republicans) regretted “serious misbehavior” in the city center. “Once again, it is proved by example that the events organized by pseudo-defenders of migrants were mainly intended to disrupt economic life,” she lamented. According ITélé, the mayor will be received by Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, and Christiane Taubira, Minister of Justice, February 3.
Many managers want a return to calm in this city. Guest on the program Le Grand Rendez-Vous Europe1 / iTV / Le Monde Jean-Pierre Raffarin , LR Senator and former Prime Minister, has also asked the government to intervene, saying at the same time is in favor of establishing quotas of migrants. “The state can not remain a spectator of the drama Calais,” said he said.
Éric Ciotti , MP LR Alpes-Maritimes, requested ” exemplary sanctions “against perpetrators of excesses and challenges the State in a statement.
Valérie Rosso-Debord , spokesperson of the Republicans, was also moved by the committed degradations, including the statue of de Gaulle, denouncing “insult to France.”
“We can not let this situation go here. People live in unacceptable conditions “, denounced the French Green MEP Karima Delli , calling the Socialist government of Manuel Valls” to take all measures needed to rectify this situation. ”