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Police violence against migrants in Calais 'routine' says NGO

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:11

Human Rights Watch says the French police force routinely uses violence against Calais migrants but they defend thier behaviour and say the accusations are unfounded. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Human Rights Watch (HRW) pressed France on Wednesday (July 26) to end what it described as recurrent police violence against migrants in the northern town of Calais, where hundreds have returned despite the demolition of a sprawling camp once known as "the Jungle". In a report entitled "Like Living in Hell", the U.S.-based rights group said police routinely abused migrants in the hope of making them leave the coastal city. Based on interviews conducted with some 60 migrants in the area, Human Rights Watch said police had used pepper spray on children and adult migrants while they were sleeping, regularly sprayed or confiscated sleeping bags and clothing, and sometimes destroyed food and water. Regional prefect Fabien Sudry dismissed the report, saying the accusations were unfounded. Police force was used in a proportionate fashion, he said in a statement. Police union representative Frederic Balland dismissed the claims saying there have been no complaints filed in court.

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Police violence against migrants in Calais 'routine' says NGO

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:11