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posted 31 Aug 2016, 06:13 by Chris Cox   [ updated 31 Aug 2016, 06:13 ]

In Calais today on an emergency supply run with Calais Action. Camp eerily quiet, people watching as bulldozers raked apart shelters and teams of CRS set about shelters with hammers. In the remaining cafés and restaurants of the South Zone the mood was sombre. A silent protest by camp residents with their mouths sewn up was filmed by banks of media in awkward, jostling quiet. Couldn't help feeling that the TV cameras were disappointed. And yet in the peace of Jungle Books and the youth centre, impromptu lessons were held and sporting activities too. The only fire we saw was a cooking fire in a shelter, which meant that the old fire engine got wheeled out to deal with the blaze. A strange and unsettling day