A Response to Clashes in Calais, 1st February 2018

Initially posted on Refugee Info Bus’ Medium blog, 5th February 2018. Clashes between refugees and smugglers in Calais | Media reaction oversimplifies complex situation | The latest in a string of incidents | Response to Natacha Bouchart’s rhetoric | Call for legal and safe passage to disrupt smuggler networks

A 16 year old boy.

A 16 year old boy has lost his eye after being shot in the face with a tear gas canister.

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What does it mean? But you are from the UK, why don’t you know? Where can I go? I have family. Macron came. Are they opening the border? There are buses to the UK? Why are the police photographing us? Why are there so many people here? The border is open, yes? Where did the…