Demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp under way

Boarding busses in Calais
Boarding busses in Calais

The dismantling of the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais has began as its inhabitants leave by bus for other parts of France.

A group of workers started to demolish unoccupied tents and shacks by hand, according to reporters at the scene.

About 2,000 migrants left voluntarily on Monday, and hundreds more have followed in the days following.

The Jungle has become a key symbol of Europe’s migration crisis, housing some 7,000 residents in squalid conditions.

calais-migrant-camp-the-jungleThe operation to close the camp has been largely peaceful, but concerns remain that some migrants will refuse to give up their attempts to cross the Channel to the UK.

The French authorities said they were prioritizing departures on Tuesday morning, but crews in hard hats and orange jumpsuits started demolition shortly after 1500 local time.
Crews began to pull down wooden frames and tarpaulins
Crews began to pull down wooden frames and tarpaulins

They tore down wooden shacks with sledgehammers and used diggers to move away debris.

The demolition is expected to be done mostly by hand – and in a low-key manner – as officials believe sending in bulldozers at this point would send the wrong message to migrants they want to convince to get on buses voluntarily.

The Calais police commissioner says the camp will be fully cleared by Friday and that only about 200 people are expected to try to stay.

There are warnings that those determined to stay will set up camp in the surrounding countryside while the demolition takes place before returning to the area.

Children are the only group allowed to stay in Calais. They will be housed in the camp’s converted shipping containers while the rest of the Jungle is dismantled.

Almost 200 children from the camp have been brought to the UK, some of them under the “Dubs” amendment to the Immigration Act, according to UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The amendment allows particularly vulnerable children – such as girls and those under 13 – refuge in the UK, even if they do not have family already in the country.

Dismantling the Jungle

At times the migrants have jostled with police as they wait to board buses.
At times the migrants have jostled with police as they wait to board buses.

than 1,200 police were deployed for the clearance operation.

The French interior ministry said officers “might be forced to intervene” if there was unrest during the demolition.

In a statement (in French), French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 2,318 migrants had been “given shelter” on Monday.

A total of 1,918 adults had been taken away on 45 buses to 80 reception centers, while 400 minors were transferred to “provisional reception centers” within the camp.

The first day had taken place in a “calm and controlled manner”, he said.

Once the migrants have been transferred to different parts of France, they will be given the opportunity to claim asylum, or face deportation.

where-asylum-applications-have-been-made-in-2016Last year more than one million migrants – many fleeing the civil war in Syria – arrived in Europe. Countries struggled to cope and division arose in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.

An EU-Turkey pact to try to stop migrants crossing to Greece and moves by Balkan nations to close their borders have driven down the number of people using the so-called eastern Mediterranean route.

However, migrants from African countries such as Eritrea and Somalia as well as West African nations such as Nigeria and the Gambia are continuing to attempt the crossing from Libya to Italy.

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Russia sends warships toward Syria via the English Channel — and with them, a message

russian-aircraft-carrier-admiral-kuznetsov-in-the-english-channel-21-october-2016In scenes that haven’t been common since the end of the Cold War, Russian warships sailed through the English Channel early Friday in a theatrical display of Russian military might.

Britain dispatched two of its own warships to carefully monitor the Russian flotilla, which included the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, as it sailed by, reportedly enroute to the eastern Mediterranean to aid in the war in Syria.

The aircraft carrier can hold as many as 40 planes, and it is suspected that they will be used in the bombing campaign in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Given Russia’s fierce bombardment of that city, many Western military officials see the ships’ course as a slow-moving harbinger of bloodshed to come in Syria. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned the Kremlin on Thursday not to take any step that would escalate the violence.

“We are concerned that the Russian carrier group will support military operations in Syria in ways which will increase humanitarian and human suffering,” Stoltenberg said.

In Britain on Friday, there was widespread coverage of the Russian fleet sailing near English waters. British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that it would be marked “every step of the way” as part of the government’s “steadfast commitment to keep Britain safe.”
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon

It is routine for Britain’s Royal Navy to shadow ships, but the route taken by the Russian convoy — through the English Channel — was not routine.

“There’s huge amounts of theater here,” Paul Beaver, an aviation historian, told the BBC. He said that normally the Russians would “go around the top of Scotland, down past Hebrides, past Ireland on a deployment, and actually that’s probably the quickest route. This is very much about power play…. They want to be seen to be doing these things.”

And seen they were. Several British television stations broadcast footage of the carrier billowing black smoke as it sailed through international waters between Britain and France.

Jonathan Eyal, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London, said the passage through the English Channel in particular was a clear message from the Russians that “they are back” and that “anything you can do, we can do as well,” he said.

Analysts said that the move was an intentional snub toward Britain as one of Europe’s most vocal critics of Russia’s role in Syria.

Prime Minister Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May

 “It was thanks to the U.K. that Russian action in Syria was on the agenda for this summit,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said, referring to a summit of the European Union’s 28 leaders Thursday and Friday. “It is vital that we keep up the pressure on Russia to stop the assault on Aleppo,” she told reporters.

But so far, Russia’s opponents have proven too divided to respond with any concrete measures. NATO has no plans to get involved, and at the E.U. summit, France, Germany and Britain failed to reach the unanimity required to put sanctions on the table over Russia’s actions in Syria. Diplomats warned that could change if Russia continues to contribute to Aleppo’s bombardment.

French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande

f“If Russia continues its airstrikes, it would expose itself to a response that the union would decide on, but we’re not there,” French President François Hollande said Friday after a meeting that was focused on Europe’s deteriorating relationship with the Kremlin.

approximate-path-of-russian-naval-groupRussian warships steam through English Channel as U.N. warns of war crimes in Aleppo

Russia has taken steps in recent weeks to reestablish itself as a permanent power in the Middle East and in the Mediterranean, ratifying an open-ended agreement to lease Syria’s Khmeimim air base and declaring that it will upgrade its naval facility in the Syrian port town of Tartus to a permanent naval base. The Kuznetsov will add to the firepower, both offensive and defensive, that Russia has concentrated in the region.

Aircraft flying from the Kuznetsov will increase the payload raining down daily on east Aleppo, especially if the carrier bears a full load of 40 aircraft, likely matching the current complement already on the ground.

Built during the Soviet era and launched as the Leonid Brezhnev, the aircraft carrier has deployed to the Mediterranean a total of five times during its 26 years in service, most recently in 2014. But this would be the carrier’s first combat deployment off Syria, where a Russian and Syrian blitz on the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo has brought that city to its knees.

Notorious refugee camp in France to be dismantled starting next week

The Calais Jungle
The Calais Jungle

The French Interior Ministry announced Friday that the Calais Jungle, the overcrowded and notorious refugee camp in Northern France, will be dismantled. There are 6,486 refugees currently in the Calais Jungle who will be moved to other camps throughout the country. “It is an operation that carries a risk,” said a French official in regards to the plan.

The official added that the evacuation plan will begin on Monday and is expected to last about a week. In the camp, there are refugees from all over the world, including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea, who are requesting to enter Britain.

Migrant camp in Calais
Migrant camp in Calais

Britain usually rejects their asylum request in accordance with the EU law that states that refugees need to ask for asylum from the first country they enter. Last month, French President Francois Hollande announced the plans to close the camp. He described the situation in the camp as “unacceptable.” This week, a French court dismissed the petition to delay the evacuation until alternative housing for the refugees was found. The petition was submitted by various human rights organizations.

The refugees living in the Calais Jungle will be divided by families into several groups. The groups will then be divided among hundreds of refugee facilities in France where they will undergo medical tests and file an asylum request if they wish. 1,250 police officers and security personnel will oversee this operation, making sure that it goes smoothly.

5 Muslim Refugees Arrested after Committing Shocking Crime!

sweden-mapIt is appalling for any woman to be mistreated or harmed. The thought that men, who should be protecting women, use their strength to take advantage of a woman is sickening and enraging. But what if the woman was also handicapped?

There is a clear difference in the way that men see women today; but an even larger contrast between the West and Muslim dominated cultures.

A wheelchair-bound woman was gang raped by six asylum seekers, Swedish police have said.

The unnamed disabled woman had asked to use a toilet at a nearby asylum center after sharing a taxi with one of its residents.

After entering the building, the asylum seeker and five other attacked the woman. She was helpless to do anything to resist and could only repeat the word no.

But after she was invited inside, the woman, in her 30s, was attacked by the man and six of his fellow migrants.

A furious group of more than 100 Swedes have since attacked the center in Visby, pelting it with rocks.

The victim’s lawyer Staffan Fredriksson told local newspaper Aftonbladlet: “She followed him in and had no fears that something would happen.

“Then the man took advantage of the situation. The abuse started in the toilet.

He added: “She is completely broken down.”

Five men, all aged in their 20s, have since been arrested by Swedish police following the incident on October 2.

What, if anything will the Swedish government do to protect its citizens? Sweden has taken in more refugees than any other country and has had several such incidents over the past year. The problem continues to grow as the refugee population grows.

Thousands March in Paris Against Same-Sex Marriage

protest-in-parisThousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing gay marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.

Marchers were also protesting against the use of assisted reproduction techniques and surrogate mothers to help same-sex couples have babies.

People wave flags and hold signs with messages as demonstrators take part in a protest
People wave flags and hold signs with messages as demonstrators take part in a protest

Assisted reproduction is allowed in France only for infertile heterosexual couples and surrogacy is banned.

The group organizing the march presents itself as promoting the traditional family model of “one mother and one father.” It hopes to influence the debate before the presidential election next year.

None of the major candidates in the election attended the march.

The 2013 law allowing gay marriage exposed deep divisions in French society, prompting big protests for and against such unions.

Muslim Man in Norway Raped Daughter for Being ‘Too Western’

norway-map-1The shocking case of a Muslim man who raped his own daughter occurred in the Norwegian city of Fredrikstad just over four weeks ago. The man in his 40s has been in police custody for the past four weeks, with DNA evidence confirming allegations made by his daughter, reports Norwegian broadcaster Fredrikstad24.

The rape occurred in early September and the father of the victim was arrested shortly after the daughter had run away from their home and informed two postmen who then contacted police.

The father asserted that the entire incident had been fabricated by his daughter. However, DNA evidence showed without a doubt that his DNA had been present in the victim’s underwear and in her intimate areas. In the Fredrikstad district court, the father reacted to the presentation of the DNA evidence by saying that the DNA got there because he had sat on her bed.

According to the young woman, her father did not approve of her lifestyle and would rather that she had followed in the same traditional Islamic lifestyle as her parents do. The resulting argument over her ‘Westernization’ led to the rape, she said.

police-in-norwayWhile the father has been imprisoned for his actions and awaits trial, the effect on the daughter has been devastating, according to the police prosecutor. Due to the severe trauma endured by the young woman, she has been placed in a hospital for psychiatric care as authorities fear she may attempt to take her own life.

The father is expected to be in court within the next month where if found guilty he will likely be sentenced to up to ten years in prison.

Violence toward women by Muslim men, both sexual and physical, has grown in Europe over the past year. Breitbart London reported this month on one man who threw his children out of an upper story window because he feared his family was becoming too Westernized.

In another case, a Syrian man in an asylum home in Germany killed his own wife after a heated argument. The murder took place in the room next to where their children were sleeping. Later, the father played with his children as if nothing had happened.

European Union Demands that British Press Stop Pointing Out Muslim Terrorists Are Muslims

european-unionA report from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) found there was an increase in hate speech and racist violence in the UK from 2009 to March 2016.

Blaming the press, ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, said: “It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians.”

It’s also “no coincidence” this rise coincides with a surge in Islamic terrorism.

The ECRI then made 23 separate recommendations to Theresa May’s government for changes to the criminal law, restriction of freedom of the press, crime reporting and equality law.

And despite the report not analyzing coverage of the historic Brexit vote, Mr Ahlund saw fit to comment on the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

In a sweeping statement, he said: “The Brexit referendum seems to have led to a further rise in ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiment, making it even more important that the British authorities take the steps outlined in our report as a matter of priority.”

The report lays into the British press and urges the government to “give more rigorous training” to reporters.

"Workplace Violence"
“Workplace Violence”

Interestingly, the unelected European politician remained silent on the issue of rising Muslim crime in continental Europe. He didn’t say anything about the massive increase in rape and sexual assaults. He didn’t offer any commentary on the spike in violent crime. Strangely, he also avoided the continuing stream of illegal immigrants pouring into Europe and living off of the socialist welfare programs that were supposed to provide security for the citizens of Europe.

In fact, while Ahlund and the ECRI were concerned about a small increase in “anti-Muslim” crime in the UK, they completely ignored the enormous increase in crime committed by Muslims in England, France, Germany, Sweden, and in other areas of Europe. The spike in Muslim crime absolutely dwarfs the increase in crime against Muslims, but still the liberal European politicians continue to ignore the devastating effects of Muslim migration to Europe.

"Largely peaceful protester"
“Largely peaceful protester”

In the 83-page report, the Commission said: “ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fueling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.

“In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favor of alternative explanations.”

If you lie to people and hide the motivations of Islamic terrorists, they’ll be less likely to get mad at Muslims.

Is this why so many Muslim terror attacks in Germany, Sweden and France are immediately blamed on “mental health issues”?

"Free speech activists"
“Free speech activists”

Britain reportedly rejected the recommendations, writing back: “The Government is committed to a free and open press and does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.”

Of course, that’s a total lie as they already have tons of hate speech laws on the books.