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Mayor leads entire French village in anti-migrant protest ‘We don’t want them’


‘We don’t want them’: Mayor leads hundreds of French villagers as they take to the streets to protest against the arrival of migrants from the Calais Jungle

  • The Jungle in Calais will be demolished by the end of the year, says French president Francois Hollande
  • Calais officials said bulldozers could begin work on the site by October 17
  • Hundreds taking part in protests in Pierrefeu and Forges-les-Bains  

French villagers are protesting the arrival of migrants who are being dispersed around the country as the government shuts down the slum-like camp in Calais that has become a flashpoint in Europe’s migrant crisis.

Competing rallies were being held Saturday in Pierrefeu in southeast France.

It comes after Calais officials say they will be starting the process of bulldozing the sprawling camp within nine days.

Residents hold a banner reading: 'City of Pierrefeu says no to the creation of a reception centre for migrants'

Several hundred residents have marched through their town, led by the Mayor, against the plans to house about 60 migrants from the jungle there

Several hundred residents have marched through their town, led by the Mayor, against the plans to house about 60 migrants from the jungle there

Left-wing activists are holding a smaller rally to welcome the migrants. Here, two activists hold boards reading: 'Borders kill. Regulate undocumented migrants' in Pierrefeu

Left-wing activists are holding a smaller rally to welcome the migrants. Here, two activists hold boards reading: ‘Borders kill. Regulate undocumented migrants’ in Pierrefeu

Left-wing activists hold a banner reading: 'Yes to solidarity and welcome to migrants and refugees' in Pierrefeu

Left-wing activists hold a banner reading: ‘Yes to solidarity and welcome to migrants and refugees’ in Pierrefeu.

The mayor led several hundred people on a protest against a government proposal to house migrants in an abandoned wing of a psychiatric hospital while they apply for asylum or study other options.

Left-wing activists held their own, smaller rally to welcome the migrants.

The morning gatherings were peaceful. The far-right National Front plans its own anti-migrant protest later in the day.

The National Front is urging mayors to resist the Calais relocation plan and is organizing or taking part in protests across the country this month. Resistance to immigration is central to the campaign platform of National Front leader Marine Le Pen in her bid for the French presidency next year.

Residents hold a banner reading: 'Plan Imposed from Above = Mounting Anger' as they demonstrate in Forges-les-Bains

Residents hold a banner reading: ‘Plan Imposed from Above = Mounting Anger’ as they demonstrate in Forges-les-Bains

French villagers are protesting plans to disperse residents of the Jungle camp in Calais across several locations in the country

French villagers are protesting plans to disperse residents of the Jungle camp in Calais across several locations in the country

A woman holds a banner reading 'Not Against Migrants, but Against the State' in the Forges-les-Bains protests

A woman holds a banner reading ‘Not Against Migrants, but Against the State’ in the Forges-les-Bains protests.

National Front politicians were also at a protest Saturday in Forges-les-Bains south of Paris. About 200 people marched through town, past the farmers’ market, school and town hall to protest the arrival of about 40 Afghan migrants relocated from Calais to an unused building in town.

On October 6, shots were fired at a planned migrant centre in the French seaside resort town of Saint Brevin overnight and at a building in Saint-Hilaire-du-Rosier in southeastern France where migrants are also due to be housed.

President Francois Hollande has pledged to close the Calais camp before winter and relocate as many as 9,000 migrants living there to 164 sites around France while their cases are examined.

The Calais camp has been an embarrassment to the French government and symbol of Europe’s failure to find solutions to the migrant crisis.

French far-right Front National (FN)'s supporters wave the French flag in the Pierrefeu-du-Var protest

French far-right Front National (FN)’s supporters wave the French flag in the Pierrefeu-du-Var protest

Members of the far right Front National were holding a protest in the afternoon against the plans to deal with the Calais camp

Members of the far right Front National were holding a protest in the afternoon against the plans to deal with the Calais camp

Residents of small towns are angry at plans to house some of the migrants from the camp in Calais in their villages

Residents of small towns are angry at plans to house some of the migrants from the camp in Calais in their villages

French far-right National Front (FN) party member Wallerand de Saint-Just stands next to a protester holding a placard which translates as 'Stop the ongoing project' in Forges-les-Bains

French far-right National Front (FN) party member Wallerand de Saint-Just stands next to a protester holding a placard which translates as ‘Stop the ongoing project’ in Forges-les-Bains

A protester holds a placard which translates as 'Stop the ongoing project' in Forges-les-Bains. The Calais jungle could be dismantled by the end of October

A protester holds a placard which translates as ‘Stop the ongoing project’ in Forges-les-Bains. The Calais jungle could be dismantled by the end of October.

Pierrefeu residents hostile to the migrants say they fear the newcomers will threaten their security, and worry about potential tensions with psychiatric patients.

Mayor Patrick Martinelli said: ‘Even if we can understand the dismantling of Calais… our small towns are not the solution for this dismantling. We are too small to host so many people.’

The government is considering sending up to 60 migrants to this town of 6,000 for up to five months.

The pro-migrant residents called for solidarity.

Pierrefeu resident Laure Paul said: ‘I am ashamed because we repress the poorest. They need us, the people who are coming from abroad, and are dying in the seas. We have everything here, we are a rich country, we have a rich village.’

In Forges-les-Bains, villagers largely say they are not hostile to the migrants themselves – they just don’t want them in their towns. Posters at the march read ‘Not against migrants, but against the state’ and ‘Plan imposed from above (equals) mounting anger.’

Even children are brought to the protests in Forges-les-Bains as residents mount in anger against the plans the use their communities for migrants

Even children are brought to the protests in Forges-les-Bains as residents mount in anger against the plans the use their communities for migrants

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Mayor leads entire French village in anti-migrant protest ‘We don’t want them’

  1. What they would prefer is to catapult them over to England for us to deal with. Screw that. Send them back, under armed guard if necessary, to wherever they came from. We don’t seem to understand that a huge migration of hordes of unskilled, functionally illiterate , mainly Muslim men between the of 16 and 25 from collapsing states in the Third World is coming our way.

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  2. The problem in general with Islamic refugees is that both then and European countries do not have a proper system to assimilate and integrated into the system. Europe has created in parts apartheid societies within each nation and Muslims themselves do not want to integrate but hold on to their bigotry as well as the European countries. In the past the US was successful in immigrant assimilation until having the international dictator Barack Obuma rising up to promote racism and apartheid.

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  3. More and more of Europe’s leaders are speaking up about muslims, islam and non Europeans. I hate to say this, but it may take a few more mass killings (for the record I believe it’s a crime against Europe for Europeans to die so that muslims can live in Europe) for everyone to be on the same page and hopefully Europe will use it’s military and round up the vermin that are destroying the fabric of Europe and march them to the lands they ran away from.

    I love this and so will all of you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OShTUfGCnVQ

     

    I hope this is not satire.

    [QUOTE]Vladimir Putin: “I swear if they bomb Russia, in half an hour every muslim will die”[/QUOTE]

    http://noscomunicamos.com/index.php/2016/07/27/vladimir-putin-swear-bomb-russia-half-hour-every-muslim-will-die/

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    • And the US should keep its big mouth shut and stop slandering Russia, they’re loosing face because they have backed the rebels! Well they would wouldn’t they after all Obama is a Muslim! US electorate you have got to vote with your heads not with your sentiments – you voted this scum Obama in look where it has got you. Same goes for UK Muslim Mayor – it’s not over yet!

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    • The Ottomans tried to expand into Europe.Hungary remembers its history and doesn’t want another Muslim war.
      This is not surprising since we have seen their tactics from ISIS.

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    • It’s not enough that they ‘speak up’. Those who refused to listen before and who even engaged in smear campaigns and supporting policies to end free speech have to be removed and taken to court. Their reasoning, and knowledge have lost all credibility.

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