Hundreds of armed riot police massed on Tuesday as anarchists pledged to mobilise migrants in Calais to 'tear down border controls and make for Britain'.The French don’t take quite as lassaiz faire an attitude about this as the Brits, happily:
The authorities vowed to detain offenders and said they were expecting 2,000 protesters at a 'Freedom of Movement' camp in the port town.
'We're prepared for the worst,' said state prosecutor Jean-Phillipe Joubert.If only we had the same sort of officials here…
'Emergency magistrates will be mobilised to ensure anyone causing trouble will be imprisoned immediately. '
One of the anarchists, who has camped next to the elite CRS police officers' quarters, said: 'Calais is a symbol of injustices committed against the world's migrants.'They sound suspiciously like SOAS students on a cross-channel awayday…
It seems, however, that some of the French officials have not been above encouraging this type of action:
Last month, the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, said Britain's benefits culture and lax asylum system had 'imposed' thousands of refugees on her town.She’s not wrong in her conjecture about the cause of this, though.
She demanded millions in compensation and even called for border controls to be lifted, allowing all migrants to flood across the Channel at the earliest opportunity.
Such views are heartily supported by the anarchists organising the 'No Border' demonstrations, set to run from next week.
If you don’t want wasps at your picnic, you need to ensure you replace the lid on your pot of jam. Leave it open, and what do you expect?