The Refugee Crisis In Calais

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French authorities evicting refugee camps

French authorities are continuosly evicting refugee squats and camps
and harassing the migrants.

If anyone should be described as heroes, ie, persons who struggle against great odds and dangers while often putting themselves at risk helping others, etc, to achieve an objective, it is these people in camp Jungle whom we are invited by bourgeois politicians and the Western media alike to despise. The individual stories relating to the imperialist intrusions into their countries, the family and friends lost in those conflicts and the further losses in epic journeys to escape carnage and rebuild lives crossing dangerous seas (see Lalkar, March/April issue 2015; ‘Behind the tragedy of the Libyan boat people‘), travelling through highly hostile lands etc. are heart-rending. But when you realise that facing all the dangers and losses of their journey is still preferable to staying where they were originally, then you begin to understand the enormity of the crimes of imperialism and its supporters and apologists.

French gendarmes attack migrants

French gendarmes attack migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais.

The situation in the camp is bad, there is one meal a day supplied, charities give some clothing and supplies but many have only what little they have crossed the world with. Diseases are rife and according to one nurse working in the camp from ‘Doctors of the World‘ they are living in horrendous conditions. “Whole families are crammed into small tents with poor access to food and water, leading to all sorts of terrible health problems. These include serious skin problems, gangrene, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and scabies. Many have shattered bones after falling from trucks, have been slashed by razor wire climbing fences or have been beaten up. Some are extremely vulnerable, including children and pregnant women.”

These people have been described by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as a “swarm” while his foreign secretary, Phillip Hammond, used no less inflammatory language talking of “marauding” Africans and warning that they could threaten Europe’s living standards and social structures – reminding those who choose to remember of the dehumanising names and descriptions used on European Jews by the leaders of German fascism and their press in the early thirties of the last century. The British press have followed the government lead (and surpassed it in many cases) some even calling for troops to be sent to Calais to confront these victims of imperialist greed and bloody repression.

The Labour politicians have baulked at the language used by the government but the best that most of them can come up with is asking the UN to sort out the few ‘real’ asylum seekers and calling on the French government to deport the rest. The brave tenacious refugees in Calais will be used as a political football by the two main imperialist bourgeois parties in Britain for a while yet but they are unlikely to find any real support among these two parties of imperialist brigandage.

British workers must speak up for their foreign brothers and sisters trapped at a border and treated like animals. We must stand with these refugees and demand that they be given entry. We must demand that British imperialism stop its rapacious wars of spoilage and plunder and when enough understand that imperialism simply cannot do that we must mercilessly destroy the beast that is British imperialism and lay the footings for a socialist Britain.

Refugees Welcome

Reproduced from the latest edition of Lalkar