Thursday, October 27, 2016

Calais camp: police detain young people amid chaotic scenes

Panic and confusion in camp as charities are told police will arrest anyone remaining on site without registration bracelet
French police have begun detaining young people in the Calais refugee camp amid continuing scenes of chaos, as bulldozers began to demolish shelters and new fires erupted in sections of the settlement.

Charities were told police would arrest anyone remaining on the site on Thursday afternoon if they had not registered. Some arrests had already taken place in the morning.

Video footage emerged showing officers taking away four young people from the site as they queued for food. It was not clear why they had been removed or where they had been taken to. Volunteers said they saw two police vans removing young people from the site.

“We saw four children with wristbands being taken into the back of a police truck,” Inca Sorrell of Help Refugees said. It is not clear how many people had been held by police.

The remaining refugee population was under instruction to queue and register by the motorway bridge at the entrance to the site or face arrest. “We have been told that everyone without a registration bracelet will be arrested from 12,” Annie Gavrilescu, of HelpRefugees said.

Minors who have not had a chance to be registered were wandering around in the camp in a state of panic and confusion. Charities say there has been a stark absence of information for the remaining young people about their options; they estimate that there could be up to 150 unregistered children. - Read More,  The Guardian
Calais camp: police detain young people amid chaotic scenes


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