Eastbourne activists ‘banned’ from visiting Calais camp

Calais camp. Photo by Lucette Davies SUS-160616-174122001
Calais camp. Photo by Lucette Davies SUS-160616-174122001

An activist group from Eastbourne say they have been banned from entering France ahead of an event to bring humanitarian aid to the camp in Calais.

The Eastbourne People’s Assembly say they are among a number of refugee support groups who have been banned from entering the country as part of the Convoy to Calais event to be held on Saturday, June 18.

But organisers say they have been told they will not be allowed to enter France following a decision by French border police.

Lucette Davies from Eastbourne was among those planning to travel with the convoy. She said, “I have seen the camp at Calais, and I feel strongly that it would be inhumane to not do anything to help people living in conditions such as these.

“If the authorities cannot bring themselves to help these people directly then the least they can do is allow those of us who want to help to do so.”

Convoy organisers are calling for Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene on their behalf with the French authorities and say they plan to go ahead with crossing whatever happens.

In a statement issued earlier today (Thursday) organisers said, “We will be calling on all our supporters to turn up in Dover and demand that we are allowed to get on the ferry we have booked and paid for.

“We are calling for a mass protest at this undemocratic and authoritarian decision, we demand that the British Government tells the French authorities that this is unacceptable and that we should be allowed free passage.”

The event, which was supported by the national People’s Assembly, was expected to see around 250 vehicles travel to the camp with aid for those living in the camp.

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