AT LEAST NINE Iranian immigrants have sewn their mouths shut in a chilling protest at the on-going demolition of the migrant camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais.
The group of Iranians in the southern half of the camp have taken dramatic measures in protest to the French demolition.
One protestor carried a sign, saying “Will you listen now?”
This protest follows a similar one by a different group of Iranian refugees the night before.
In a statement, Calais town hall said the unsettling protest had aroused “deep emotion”.
“But at the same time, nothing justifies such extremes when the state has done everything to take the migrants out of these undignified conditions,” it said.
Heated containers next to the original tents in the ´Jungle´ have been set up for migrants or one of 100 accommodation centres around the country. However many do not want to give up hopes of crossing the channel for a better life or to be reunited with family or friends.
The demolition of the southern half of the camp, built on a toxic waste dump, started on February 29 when French authorities began demolishing the southern half of the camp.
Protests come amid a statement from British Government saying it would contribute €20 million to boost security at the Calais port, adding to the previous €60 million already given.