This Friday morning, a police operation was launched to expel anti-border activists who have been occupying a building not far from the center of Calais for a week.

They demand better treatment of migrants and "freedom of movement", noted an AFP journalist on the spot.

More than a dozen police officers, including men from the Raid, were dropped off during overflights of a gendarmerie helicopter on the roof of the building, empty awaiting demolition, and began to enter the building.

Sound grenade shots were heard.

The Pas-de-Calais prefecture confirmed that a police operation was underway after a court decision ordering the evacuation, without further details.

About 40 demonstrators tried to regroup at the bottom of the building but were dispersed by a police cordon who fired tear gas.

“We demand a stop to all evictions”

The activists had settled since February 3 in this former ten-storey social housing building, the destruction of which is planned in an urban renewal operation.

“We demand the end of all expulsions” from the migration camps in Calais, and “the end of the harassment” of exiles, said one of the activists, presenting herself under the name of Anna, on Wednesday.

The hundreds of candidates for exile to the United Kingdom in transit in Calais are regularly dislodged from their makeshift camps by the police, the authorities wishing to avoid any perpetuation of their installation.


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