French police escorted a group of migrants back to a camp in Calais after they had managed to break through security and board a ferry bound for England late on Saturday night.
Around 50 migrants were involved. Some were taken back to the camp known as the ‘jungle’, while 26 were detained by police.
“As you witnessed today – you were walking with us – you, the media, the police pushed you too,” said an Afghan man who boarded the ship. “When we got to the ship all of us here, we asked them to give us a chance to cross but we weren’t given that chance. They sprayed our faces and most of the guys now have eye problems.”
“Please listen to me,” said another. “We want to go to London. We don’t want to the jungle. The jungle is for animals not people. We are refugees. We want to go to London, just the UK, not Canada, not the United States, just London.”
The boarding of the ferry followed a rally in the city by around 2000 migrants and their supporters.
P&O Ferries tweeted that its ships in Calais were subjected to delays due to what it called a security incident.
The Port of Calais is resolving a security incident. As a result our vessels are subject to delay of between 90 and 120 minutes.— P&O Ferries Updates (@POferriesupdate) January 23, 2016
One UK road haulage boss has now called on the French authorities to deploy soldiers to help to secure the port of Calais.
The region is the temporary home to about 4,000 migrants camped out in hopes of reaching a better life in Britain, across the English Channel.
Numerous migrants have died trying to make the crossing illegally.
On Saturday UK opposition leader “Jeremy Corbyn visited the camp“http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/23/jeremy-corbyn-labels-conditions-at-france-s-refugee-camps-a-disgrace/ and described the conditions there as ‘a distgrace’.
Yesterday I went to refugee camps in France and saw first-hand the appalling conditions people are living in there— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 24, 2016