Diggers and bulldozers pull down Calais tent camp known as ‘The Jungle’ as authorities try to relocate more than 6,000 Muslim invaders to a container camp. Volunteers and Muslims rushed to save possessions and clear out shelters as French authorities began tearing down the tent city, places of worship and a school.
More than 1,500 migrants have been evicted after the French government decided to create a 100-metre buffer zone between the Jungle and the nearby road to protect lorries from attacks.
RT The demolition of the mosque and Muslim school in the buffer zone has sparked outrage among refugee charities, who claim the buildings were torn down despite local authorities promising to not touch places of worship.
Charity groups also criticized the lack of notice from local authorities, who gave just one hour’s notice before sending the bulldozers in which were heavily guarded by police.
French authorities want to create a 100-meter buffer zone between the Calais camp and the bordering motorway to protect thousands of lorries from migrant attacks, as the Muslim invaders try to break into trucks headed to the UK.
“The migrants are invited to move from the tents to go into the containers and the facilities that have been fitted,” Philippe Mignonet, deputy mayor of Calais, told RT.
“There have been lots of things created there which are illegal and they must disappear, as simple as that, they must disappear.”
Last week the city’s authorities gave Calais Jungle residents until last Thursday to leave the area, but extended the grace period until Monday.
Ahead of the clean-up effort, many of those living in the Jungle had already moved into 125 homes formed from converted shipping containers in an area adjacent to the camp.
“We think if we move in we will be first in line for asylum in Britain,” Afghan refugee Azatullah Sisiqi told RT. Yet over 1,500 refugees have refused to move.
Opting to live in a 12-bed container fitted with electricity and heating requires migrant finger prints prior to entry, something that many feel would ruin their chances of crossing the English Channel.
“There [in the containers] they are like in the zoo! Here we are wild and free! They have a prison there, the police force you to stay in France. If the police come we will refuse to move, [we] want to be free and to go to England,” said Sajawal Abbas, a refugee from Pakistan.
Refugee supporters and campaign groups such as No Borders have criticized the introduction of the container village, calling it a “concentration camp.”