Footage has emerged of the Calais Jungle looking like a scene from a dystopian movie: fires burn as far as the eye can see while migrants let off fireworks and yell “f*&k you!”
Two videos have been posted to Facebook (see here and here) by the French group ‘Calais Libre’ along with the comment “Here are the expelled migrants in action last night, and you can hear the pretty words that they use (f*ck f*ck f*ck you)”.
According to the group, 300 migrants also attacked police on the local highway in the early hours of this morning.
Last week the French government expelled around one third of the 6,000 residents of The Jungle, moving them to nearby accommodation which had been purpose-built at a cost of €20 million (£15.4m), providing the migrants with proper beds, showers, electricity and heating.
Despite the freezing, unhygienic conditions in the shanty town, the migrants were angered by the move.
One Iraqi migrant told the BBC: “Personally, I wouldn’t go because they are requiring fingerprints and they are forcing us to stay in France to apply for asylum which we are not happy to do.”
Another migrant, from Eritrea, said he would “try to fight” the move, as “If we go inside to stay in the warm we don’t try to cross the border.”