Migrants in Calais: the two activists on hunger strike announce the end of their action

the essential The two activists from Calais on hunger strike in support of migrants announced on Wednesday the end of their action.

The two activists from Calais on hunger strike since 11 October in support of migrants announced Wednesday at a press conference the end of their action. “We are no longer able to fight through the hunger strike. That is why we have decided today to put an end to it,” said Anaïs Vogel and Ludovic Holbein.

They had started their fast to denounce the “inhuman” treatment inflicted on migrants and demand a moratorium on dismantling, with a 72 year-old priest, Philippe Demeestère, who had started again. feed after 25 days. “We are tired and angry. We are not listened to. The dialogue is closed,” said Ludovic Holbein, wool sweater, black cap and thick graying beard. With tears in her eyes, emaciated, Anaïs Vogel then affirmed that she was “ashamed of the politicians who govern us”.

The government quickly dispatched a mediator on the spot, the head of the French Office for Immigration and Integration (Ofii) Didier Leschi, to try to calm the situation. The latter asked them on 000 November, after several meetings with them and associations, to stop their strike.

“We have remedied the issue of migrants’ personal effects, by putting an end to surprise evacuations. They now have a deadline to recover them. We have responded to the request for a citizen dialogue”, with a committee that brings together associations and State services, in particular enumerated the government emissary.

A “reception center” for the night was also opened on a temporary basis, but closed since. The exiles are now taken to new accommodation places: 150 in Pas-de-Calais and 150 outside, according to a Wednesday press release from the prefecture

For years, migrants have flocked to the Hauts-de-France coast in the hope of reaching the United Kingdom, with a surge since 2020 crossings aboard small boats. According to the United Kingdom, 22 000 migrants have managed to reach England since January. The human toll rises to three dead and four missing. The treatment of exiles crystallizes criticism from humanitarian associations and officials, as well as elected officials.

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