Update from Calais Migrant Solidarity:
Thursday 29th March and the surrounding days have seen a shocking and rapid escalation of police harassment, arrests and brutality against
people with and without papers in Calais – far beyond the normal level and in what seemed to be a premeditated assault on the migrant communities and their supporters.
This coincided with the visit of a UK ambassador to the city to meet with
officials on Friday 30th to discuss the matter of port security in the
run-up to London’s Olympic Games, and appears to be part of an ongoing offensive against migrants. This city is coming under the spotlight as part of the Olympic project as international sports teams are training in the Pas-de-Calais region, and the UK and French governments have promised a joint effort to strengthen the border regime this summer.