French police accused of harassing aid workers at Calais


Volunteers distributing food and water to homeless refugees and migrants in Calais are systematically being harassed and intimidated by French police, according to a report submitted to France’s human rights ombudsman.

Four associations working to distribute aid on the northern French coast, including the British group Help Refugees, published a report on Wednesday saying that between November 2017 and July 2018 there were more than 600 incidents of intimidation against volunteers. These rangedfrom excessive identity checks and police stop and searches to arbitrary parking fines and pat-downs, threats, insults and verbal and physical violence. The report said there had been 37 incidents of physical violence, including police pushing aid workers to the ground, snatching phones and forcing people away from areas where food was to be handed out.(theguardian)…[+]