How long will it take before the media blames some “far right” group for this islamic arson, who has been nowhere near the camps?
Take a guess: will they have any remorse?
Devastating blaze at Dunkirk migrant camp ‘deliberately started’ as authorities say it is ‘impossible to rebuild’
by Henry Samuel,
Telegraph, 10 April 2017 • 11:39pm
A migrant camp near Dunkirk that had become the de facto replacement of Calais’ notorious “jungle” was “deliberately” burned down overnight and cannot be rebuilt, local authorities said on Tuesday.
Dramatic footage showed the Grande-Synthe camp engulfed in flames at around 9pm after rival Afghan and Kurdish gangs had turned on each other, with police firing volleys of tear gas to separate the groups.
At least six people were injured in “extremely violent” fighting between migrants, some wielding knives.
Home to an estimated 1,500 migrants outside the town, Grande-Synthe has seen its numbers swell since the Calais “jungle” was bulldozed in October and was seen as a key people trafficking hub for migrants seeking to illegally enter Britain.
The camp has been “reduced to a pile of ash,” said Michel Lalande, the highest state representative of the Nord region. “It will be impossible to rebuild cabins in place of those that existed before,” he said.
“There must have been deliberately started fires in several places, it’s not possible otherwise,” said Olivier Caremelle of the Grande-Synthe town hall.
A fight broke out between 200 migrants earlier in the evening, and was broken up by police. But a second fight erupted later between 600 migrants and several fires were started, said police sources.
Migrants evacuate the Grande-Synthe camp.Designed in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders as an exemplary camp meeting international humanitarian standards, Grande-Synthe had struggled to cope with rocketing arrivals since the closure of the “jungle”.
Initially peaceful, the camp has been the frequent scene of unrest in recent months, with local charities warning of rising tensions between Kurds, in place since the camp’s construction, and recently arrived Afghans.
In mid March a fire broke out at a guard house – the previous month, Le Monde reported on concerns that the site was ripe for unrest and fires. In December another fire had swept through the site.
Grande Synthe was reduced to ashes after the overnight fire.Police intervened at the camp after five men were injured in a fight in early March. Another man was stabbed in November.
By the end of March authorities were in discussions about closing the camp.
Migrants evacuate as a huge fire blazes through the Grande Synthe camp.
“It’s no longer just a question of re-establishing public order” in the camp, said Bruno Le Roux, France’s interior minister, during a hearing at the French Senate.
France will proceed with a “progressive dismantling of the camp which should start as soon as possible,” he said, adding that “we can’t let things continue like this.”
Grande-Synthe near Dunkerque.
The camp was opened in March 2016, and was designed as temporary housing for migrants. The site consisted of around 300 houses, plus shower blocks, communal kitchens, recreation areas and a medical centre. Access to all the services was free.
Around 70 cabins were still standing, said local witnesses.
François Guennoc, vice president of the ‘Auberge des migrants charity, which distributed meals at the camp, said: “Our workers said that there had been tensions for weeks due to overpopulation in the camp.”
He said that Kurdish people smugglers had forced Afghan arrivals to sleep in the kitchens, leading to clashes.
“Since the closure of Calais there is no welcome centre on the coast,” he said.
Around 500 migrants made homeless by the blaze were being sheltered in two gymnasiums nearby. ”
“Lots of people remain outside,” he said.
The seemingly-insurmountable issue of migrant camps in the north of France has come into sharp focus with the first round of the French presidential elections this month, and far Right champion Marine Le Pen poised to sail through to the second round.