Since the destruction of the Calais “Jungle” the number of migrants sleeping rough on the streets of Paris has risen — around 2,500 people (up from 1,500). The closure of the Calais camp has added to an already desperate situation in Paris — an estimated 80 migrants arrive in Paris.
After François Hollande, vowed to evacuate the migrants’ makeshift Paris settlements the French cops started what they were calling an “administrative operation” to clear the streets — rounding up people and bulldozing of dozens of tents. As we go to press the operation continues with the authorities claiming people will be given shelter. But the humanitarian organisation La Chapelle Debout claims people are being sent to unsuitable and insanitary accommodation to await their fate.
Meanwhile more than 1,000 children remain in shipping containers in the demolished Calais camp while the UK and French governments feud over who is responsible for their fate. French riot cops clean-up the streets of Paris so the human misery, for which their government is in big part responsible, cannot be seen.
The British government behave as if they want some children to perish in the cold, maybe as a “deterrent”, to try to stop other children from trying to get to the UK. In the face of such callousness we have to give practical support — money for volunteers, whatever is needed. And political support is also crucial. If clear arguments for the free movement of people and against the system which builds borders and wages war can become a material force in the world, that will end this human misery.