Monthly Archive: March 2015

Calais  updates:  the  evictions  have  started 0

Calais updates: the evictions have started

LATEST: Tioxide Jungle threatened with eviction Tomorrow Wednesday 1 April. The police came today (Tuesday 31st) to the camp situated on the land around the Tioxide chemical plant to tell the occupants that they will be evicted tomorrow morning at 6AM. The police in Calais often forewarn people of evictions in the hope that they will leave voluntarily in advance and make their job easier.

OTHER RECENT UPDATES FROM CALAIS MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: (NB: See this earlier post for a call-out to go to Calais and background on the situation as the French state authorities try to forcibly shift over 1000 people to the area around the new Jules Ferry day centre outside of the town.) The evictions have started At the moment we are getting a lot of questions about when the evictions are going to happen or start. Lets be clear, they started a long time ago. Just because the police have not gone into the jungles and squats and destroyed them in a big violent media spectacle, they have been happening and will continue for a long time.

They started when the plans for the new day centre were announced. They continued when they announced that everybody has no choice but to move to the land outside the centre, and no other living spaces will be tolerated. They continued when many people claiming asylum in Calais were re-homed to other cities in order to reduce the numbers of people on the ground.

They continued when daily police violence and arrests increased dramatically over the last few weeks, making sure that people were tired and exhausted and with no energy left to face the police. They continued when they Offi and the police continue to visit living places, counting down the days until the police are coming, making sure people feel like they have no choice but to go.Psychologically and physically harassing people into moving to a place they don t want to go is an eviction. Maybe this has not been an eviction that makes for a good news report the way you write them, there are no dramatic photos, but it is an eviction none the less.Last week (as we have said before) the women from the Women s House were moved, against their wishes, to a new house inside of the day centre.

Over the weekend everyone from the camp Tioxide and the Afghan jungle in Bois Debruille moved to the new day centre. They did not do this by choice. They did this under threat of arrest, violence, and destructions of their homes.

Picture: meeting in Tioxide jungle by Loup Blaster The eviction of the Women s House The evictions have already started. Eviction is not just the moment when the police come to the jungles and squats and kick people out through a physical confrontation, but it begins way before. The women s house Victor Hugo is a good example of this.

The eviction on the 25th of March happened in a subtle way. The women and children living within Victor Hugo did not want to leave, but instead have been forced to move to the Jules Ferry Day Centre. They were evicted under the threat of violence.

This imposed and non consensual arrangement has happened without considering the wishes, opinions, needs or safety of the women living in the Victor Hugo house. The media have supported this by talking about the eviction in terms of moving out , therefore this violence has been ignored and made invisible. This forced relocation is an example of how the state controls movement and physical bodies and how it perpetuates and reproduces violence against women.The house of Victor Hugo for women and children began as a No Border squat which lasted for almost one year before it was handed over to the association Solidaire, who continued to live and work with the women for almost another year.

Now the residents of Victor Hugo have been forced to move to the Jules Ferry Day Centre. This centre is isolated, far from the city and crossing points, and will reduce the possibility of women being able to cross independently and safely. Visitors will also not be allowed into the centre, especially anyone who is not part of an official association.

This segregation is a deliberate cutting of ties, connections and friendships between the women of Victor Hugo and the associations and activists who have been supporting them. Isolation is one of the first steps towards control and violence. A statement on the evictions My name is Alpha, from Mauritania.

To say the truth, the situation that the emigrants are going through at the moment is horrible. On one hand the police, on the other hand the locals in Calais who are not welcoming, who are fascist, racist towards us, who say whatever they want to us. After all that, comes the forest that they have given us, 10 kilometres from the centre of town.

We cannot do so many kilometres each day to come to our meetings with the Secours Catholique association, etc. the forest is not only not maintain, but there is a factory next to it which pumps out toxins. We are scared of catching illnesses like lung cancer by breathing in these toxins.

And more, this land is home to wild animals, like wild boar, snakes, scorpions, dangerous animals. After all that, this is hunting territory. You can find cartridges used by the hunters, so we are scared to get hit by lost bullets.

It is an area controlled by mafia, and from 6 o clock onwards we are scared of finding ourselves corned by wrongdoers.

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All charges against South Asian trucker involved in 2012 collision … 0

All charges against South Asian trucker involved in 2012 collision …

RCMP Constable Adrian Oliver THE law firm representing trucker Harjit Singh Lotay on Thursday informed the media, including The VOICE, that all charges that he was facing in the November 13, 2012 collision between his 2006 freightliner tractor and RCMP Constable Adrian Johann Oliver s 2010 Crown Victoria Interceptor have been stayed by Crown. Oliver died in the crash, while Lotay was injured. Brij Mohan & Associates noted: Like Cst.

Oliver, Mr. Lotay had also just completed a 12 hour shift and Mr. Lotay has not been able to work since that fateful day of the collision between Mr.

Lotay s truck and a speeding police car. The firm added: To further compound Mr. Lotay s difficulties he is being currently sued by Canada for the loss of Cst.

Oliver s police car, and for the cost of equipping a new police vehicle. Lotay and his lawyer Brij Mohan will be holding a press conference on Tuesday to speak of this development. LAST November, The VOICE reported: Transport truck driver Harjit Lotay, who was in a November 2012 crash that killed Surrey RCMP Constable Adrian Oliver who was driving an unmarked police cruiser that slammed into Lotay s semi-tractor at the 148th Street and 64th Avenue crossing in Surrey, is being sued by Canada s attorney general.

A civil suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court claims that Lotay made a negligent driving manoeuvre that resulted in his vehicle crossing into the path of the RCMP vehicle. There are also other allegations.

The suit seeks special damages from Lotay and his employer Heaven Transport for the police cruiser and expenses for fitting up a replacement vehicle. But no claims have been proven in court. Back in December 2012, Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge, Surrey RCMP, had announced that the preliminary investigation indicates, by way of GPS and video evidence, that Constable Adrian Oliver was attempting to locate a recently stolen pick-up truck and that during the course of those efforts, in the moments prior to the collision, he was operating his police vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit, without his emergency equipment activated.

In November 2012, Lotay told the Vancouver Sun newspaper that he was getting ready to make a left-hand turn onto 148th Street from 64th Avenue in Surrey around 5 a.m. on November 13 when an oncoming vehicle drove straight on while signalling a right-hand turn at the green light. He said he attempted to get Oliver out of the cruiser and waited for the ambulance and police to arrive.

Strangely, though Fordy claimed at a press conference that day that the truck driver was not injured, Lotay suffered bruises on his chest and got eight stitches in his arm.

He was treated and released from hospital that night.

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