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Migrants protest as 'Jungle' cleared

By Tom Pugh

Published 02/03/2016

Police officers take positions to safeguard workers pulling down makeshift structures in Calais (AP)
Police officers take positions to safeguard workers pulling down makeshift structures in Calais (AP)

Migrants and refugees staged rooftop protests on their ramshackle homes in the Calais camp known as the Jungle in an apparent last-ditch bid to halt demolition teams from destroying their shelters.

Teams armed with chainsaws and hammers yesterday returned to carry out mass evictions for a second day at the slum, which is home to around 4,000 people. Riot squad officers gathered en masse in the camp, while rows of police vans parked on the edge of the site.

Bulldozers and water cannon moved in following a court ruling last week approving the site's partial clearance, apart from social spaces including schools and places of worship.

French authorities want to relocate people from the squalid, rat-infested site to heated containers nearby or to centres where they can apply for asylum.

State authorities have said up to 1,000 people will be affected, but aid workers say the figure is likely to be much higher.

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