Canada After 38 days, the two activists of Calais stop their hunger strike for the rights of exiles

18:40  17 november  2021
18:40  17 november  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Au bout de 38 jours, les deux militants de Calais arrêtent leur grève de la faim pour les droits des exilés © Copyright 2021, the obs

"tired and angry", the two associative activists of Calais on strike of the Hunger To support migrants since 11 October announced this Wednesday, November 17 the end of their action, pointing the lack of dialogue with politicians.

"We are no longer able to fight through the hunger strike. That's why we decided today to put an end, "said Anaïs Vogel and Ludovic Holbein, at a press conference in the Saint-Pierre de Calais church, after 38 days without feeding .

"The dialogue is closed"

they had been on strike to denounce the "inhuman" treatment inflicted on migrants and demand a moratorium on the dismantling of camps, in the company of a 72-year-old Catholic rescue chaplain, Philippe Demetère , who had, , started again after 25 days.

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"We are tired and angry. We are not listened to. The dialogue is closed, "said Ludovic Holbein, wool sweater, black and thick gray beard hat.

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Tears in the eyes, Amaigrie, Anaïs Vogel then claimed that she had "shame of politicians and women who govern us". "They really do not care about our mouth," she added. "During these 37 days without food, we had the energy to fight for human rights to be respected. Imagine what it's going to give when we are going to eat, "then launched the activist for elected officials.

The OFII against "the radicality" of their action

a few days after the beginning of this strike, the government had sent a mediator in Calais, the boss of the French office of immigration and integration ( Ofii), Didier Leschi, to try, without success, to appease the situation.

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"I recognize the value of the commitment of hunger strikers, which have highlighted problems, some of which have been taken into account in the context of mediation," responded to the AFP.

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but "the radicality of this mode of action did not favor a serene dialogue. From now on, a constructive dialogue must continue, "he added, stating that he would return to Calais" in early December ".

End of evacuations by surprise?

After meetings with the strikers and associations, Didier Leschi had made several proposals, including the establishment of a committee meeting associations and services of the state and the end of evacuations by surprise.

But Tuesday, the police evacuated an camp of about a thousand migrants to Grande-Synthe and "people were not informed of the expulsion, which was one of the commitments of The state ", insured in a tweet photographer Louis Witter present on site.

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An "reception center" for the night has also been opened temporarily in Calais, but recently closed. The evacuated exiles are now conducted towards new accommodation places: 150 in the Pas-de-Calais and 150 outside, according to a statement of the prefecture this Wednesday.

Several hundred people, mostly associations, left-wing or trade unionists, had demonstrated on November 13 to support the strikers.

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The treatment of migrants, which flock on the coast of Hauts-de-France in the hope of rallying the United Kingdom, crystallizes the criticism of associations and humanitarian officials, as well as elected for years.

in a report, a parliamentary inquiry board on migration called on Tuesday, the State to give up the policy of the "zero fixation point" on the northern coast, given the "massive" consequences on the daily migrants.

On the same day, the main Camp of Grande-Synth was evacuated: a majority of them were "sheltered", "away from the coast", in "accommodation centers distributed in The North "and France, according to the prefecture.

Since 2020, attempts to crossing small boats are multiplying, attracting the tensions between Paris and London. Tuesday, 272 migrants were still rescued off the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, according to the Maritime Prefecture.

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