Flashes of violence erupt in Calais’s ‘Jungle’ as dismantling of the camp begins

Published October 23rd, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Calais Jungle demolition begins as riot police move into migrant camp. (AFP/File)
Calais Jungle demolition begins as riot police move into migrant camp. (AFP/File)

Flashes of unrest were reported Sunday as residents of the Jungle, Calais' infamous refugee camp, lashed out at government preparations to shut down the sprawling settlement in northern France.

Dozens of people could be seen throwing rocks at police in images relayed by French broadcaster BFMTV. The authorities responded with tear gas.

France wants to shut down the camp, which is home to about 6,500 migrants, starting on Monday and ship its residents to official camps across the country.


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