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UPDATE ON EVICTIONS OF CALAIS SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS : 7th August 2016 Refugee Info Bus

posted 31 Aug 2016, 14:23 by Chris Cox   [ updated 31 Aug 2016, 14:24 ]


The prefecture (French local authority) has called for the eviction of people working and living in the 72 shops and restaurants of the Calais "Jungle" refugee camp.

Shop and restaurant owners are now building a legal defence to this. There will be a court case in Lille on Wednesday, the 10th of August. If they lose they have been told that they should destroy their shops themselves, or the prefecture will call the police.

While the food supplies have been confiscated from restaurant owners over the past 2 weeks, they have continued to act as community spaces for people to hang out, charge phones, chat and drink tea. They have also been used as shelters, as the camp is still getting many new arrivals, day by day.

Residents and volunteers, with the help of the Refugee Info Bus are gathering testimony to give to the judge, stating why the restaurants are important as community spaces, or as housing.

How you can help:

Have you volunteered in Calais? 

  • Do you have photographs of restaurants being used for community gatherings, for English classes, or for other important events? 
  • Please send them to refugeeinfobus@gmail.com together with your permission to use them.

You can also submit legal testimony. This has to be handwritten in French and signed on the legal document (see image below) 

 Please download, print, fill in (in French) and sign, along with a signed copy of your passport or ID