Thursday, March 3, 2016

Some Calais Migrants Stitch Lips in Hunger Strike; Protest "Jungle" Demolition, Seek EU Court's Help

Some migrants in the city of Calais have sewn their lips together in a hunger strike to protest the demolition of part of the Calais migrant camp -- known as the "Jungle" -- as authorities worked to clear the site in northern France, the CNN website reports today (March 3, 2016).

Calais authorities plan to demolish the southern half of the camp and relocate the inhabitants in response to unsanitary conditions at the site.

A group called Calais Migrant Solidarity published a video today with a simple request: "for a representative of the European Court of Human Rights to visit the Jungle, see the conditions which they are living in, and address the problems which are facing these people."

Several protesters were holding up signs. One read: "I left my country and I came here to find my human rights, but unfortunately I have found none."

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