(French and Arabic below)
No Borders people are circulating this statement below in Calais, as one small move to help push political debate here. Hopefully other groups and individuals, especially from the migrant communities here, may also make their own statements.
This is an interesting time in Calais. The numbers of people trapped here are increasing very rapidly. The French state’s continuing attempts to control the ‘problem’ with repression — beatings, gas attacks, evictions, more cops, more deaths … — look ever more futile. There may be new opportunities to shift the political landscape here: when even the state is starting to talk about the need for ‘migrant houses’, and right-wing politicians are calling to break the ‘Le Touquet’ treaty with England, there are cracks emerging in the status quo. But we can’t hope for any positive change so long as we let discussions about this murderous border continue to…
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