Join us in a demonstration at 5.30pm, on Tuesday 29th September 09, outside the
French Embassy, 58 Kinghtsbridge, London SW1X 7JT.
On the morning of Tuesday 22nd September, French police bulldozed the area
known as the 'jungle' in Calais where migrants were living, destroying their
homes and possessions and detaining around 300 people, including 132 children.
Other migrants left before they could be detained, and have been driven to
sleep rough on the streets of Calais, Paris and elsewhere.
UK Home Secretary expressed his 'delight' at this devestating move by the
French authorities, as it aims to stop migrants reaching the UK. Immigration
Minister Phil Woolas falsely claimed that 'genuine' refugees would claim asylum
at the first country they came to, regardless of whether they had familiy in
other countries - and ignoring the fact that many migrants had not had the
chance to claim asylum. European countries which migrants commonly travel
through to reach France and the UK do not adhere to the UNHCR guidelines on
hosting refugees. In Greece, fewer than 1% of asylum claims were accepted last
year, while in Italy thousands were intercepted and turned away without even
having their claims looked at.
We believe people should have freedom to move and live where they choose. We
believe that adults and children should not be detained against their will,
having committed no crime. In solidarity with migrants in Calais and
everywhere, we demand that the French authorities release the 300 people that
are being detained!
For hourly updates on the situation in Calais, visit