The article below “French police bulldoze immigrant camp near Calais” by Nicolas Garriga of Associated Press details the destruction of an immigrant camp in France known as ‘The Jungle’. Does it not freakishly resemble Neill Blomkamp’s film, District 9?
By NICOLAS GARRIGA (AP)
CALAIS, France — French police razed a squalid camp used by illegal immigrants in scrubland near the English Channel port of Calais on Tuesday, using backhoes and buzz saws to clear away the precarious dwellings of a fragile population, mostly Afghan minors, who were led away stunned and sometimes sobbing.
The destruction of the site — known as “the Jungle” — ends the migrants’ dreams of a new life across the Channel in Britain but signifies what France hopes will be a new era in European immigration control. People who lived there tried night after night to sneak across the Channel.
“The law of the jungle cannot last eternally,” said Immigration Minister Eric Besson, who ordered the destruction of what he called “a lawless zone where smugglers reign.”
He blamed a lack of coordination among European nations’ immigration laws for the problem and said he looks forward to tougher border controls “ideally” by the end of the year.
Police scuffled with humanitarian volunteers who have long helped the immigrants, but no injuries were reported.
Up to 800 illegal immigrants camped near the port and in smaller “jungles” around Calais until months ago. However, hundreds began leaving as the expected date to raze the encampment approached. Officials said 278 people — mainly from Afghanistan and nearly half of them under 18 — were led out of the encampment of homemade tents and strewn with garbage piles and infested with maladies like scabies.
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