SHOCKING pictures have emerged which suggest residents of the Calais Refugee Camp have had rubber bullets fired at them.
Manchester-based human rights organisation RAPAR received pictures from an Afghan father named Mohamed showing rubber bullets and injuries sustained by several residents including an 18-year-old teen.
Mohamed lives in the Calais Refugee Camp, nicknamed ‘The Jungle’, with his toddler daughter and sent RAPAR pictures following incidents on Thursday and Sunday.
Around 6000 children and adult refugees are living in the makeshift camp in the north-west of France, just 26 miles from the UK border.
North West Labour MEP Julie Ward visited the French camp in December with Stand up To Racism, where she was physically prevented from leaving by armed riot police.
She said: “If a democratically elected official – such as myself – receives such appalling treatment at the hands of the riot police, what are they prepared to do to the camp inhabitants?
“The use of tear gas, rubber bullets and physical force, such as I experienced, is insupportable when dealing with people who are dispossessed.”
While the incident she witnessed last year is currently being referred to the French authorities, Julie Ward MEP fears for the safety of the camp’s inhabitants.
She added: “The refugees should be protected from the extreme right wing who lurk on the fringes of the camp, and vulnerable camp inhabitants should be given the humanitarian assistance they need.”
Julie Ward replaced former BNP leader as the MEP for North West England in May 2014 and has campaigned regularly against discrimination and racism. She is now the European Parliamentary Labour Party’s spokesperson on Culture, Education, Arts, Sport and Citizenship.
Another politician who recently visited the camp is Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP. He said:
“These conditions are a disgrace anywhere. We as human beings have to reach out to fellow human beings.”
In response to Mr Corbyn’s visit, during Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron said of the Labour Party:
“They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais, they said they could all come to Britain.
“The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hard-working taxpayers.”
By Max Merrill