Calais Migrant Solidarity

On Monday at 8.30am a protest, initiated by the people on hunger strike, took place. This was first brought to a community meeting on Friday and timed to be seen by police and prefecture when they first arrived for another day of destruction. Despite the exhaustion of 9 days of evictions,  on Sunday many people from across the jungle worked together to create signs, placards and banners to support this action. Some refugees, responding to the callout, expressed their concern that actually, the authorities do not care if refugees starve themselves, one speaking from direct experience of December’s hunger strike in Lampedusa. Although many journalists were present to take photos of the hunger strikers and children offering white flowers in the mud and snow, it was largely ignored by english and french media. The hunger strikers made once more clear that they will continue their protest until they get heard.

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