Campaigners said they feared that many of the migrants, who refuse to formally apply for asylum in France in the hope of smuggling themselves onto lorries bound for Dover and applying for leaving to remain in Britain, will be declared “illegal” and face deportation out of France to other European countries or their country of origin within 48 hours.Which is, of course, a problem for such campaigners, as the existence of these camps & shanty towns provides them with opportunities to do what they do best – agitate, whinge and campaign.
Lisa Furness, a Bristol-based artist who had been photographing daily life in the camp, said: “The alarm was raised and suddenly it was pandemonium. One moment people were sleeping, the next hundreds of people were trying to save themselves.
"Lots tried to climb over the fences to escape while others tried to push the police back. But they were pepper sprayed and it was pretty clear they were facing overwhelming force.”Well, hurrah! At last. I only wish we had the gumption the French have shown.
These are not refugees, to whom we (arguably) owe a duty of care - just economic migrants who are trying to game the system, exactly the same sort of people who are currently using children to get around similar controls in the States.
Two weeks ago Adam Joseph, 45, a South Sudanese farmer who paid $6,000 for a hellish journey across Africa and the Mediterranean to reach the Channel, was shot in the back by a suspected far right vigilante as he slept in the food distribution area.
The Independent found him wandering the streets. He said: “It’s scary for us when this happens. We are not bad people so why send in these robo-cops while we sleep? We get shot at, we get raided. Just let us live with a little dignity while we try to go where we want to go.”We don’t want you here. You contribute nothing to our society. You have to rights to come here as anything other than a tourist.
Mateus Ferri, a volunteer who works with the refugees, said: “This is a shame for the whole of Europe, including Britain and France. These people came here with a dream of a new life and a dream of freedom. And yet today we have this evacuation which looks closer to the Second World War than the 21st century. It makes me angry.”England is not the Land of Milk and Honey. We cannot take in the world’s poor. We don’t want to take in the world’s poor.
The fact that there are people like you trying to force us to do so makes me angry.