Migration drama in the Channel: tributes to the victims in Calais and Dunkirk

Twenty-four hours after this drama unprecedented by its magnitude in the English Channel, “we got together because 27 unique people, with their families and their friends, their dreams and their hopes, disappeared yesterday“, explained during this commemoration in the center of Calais Juliette Delaplace, local head of the Catholic Relief mission to the exiles.

Supporters for migrants, gathered since 6.30 p.m., observed a minute of silence and deployed a banner bearing the names of most of the 309 people who have been killed on this border between France and Great Britain since 1999, according to an associative count. .

This therefore brings the number of deaths to 336, with the victims of the shipwreck on Wednesday, according to this count.

I feel very sad. I did not know them but I came to tell my brothers (migrants) to be careful“Faysal, a 30-year-old Sudanese man who has been living in the streets of Calais for four months, told AFP.

He who also wanted to attempt the crossing to Great Britain is changing his mind, he said: “I see that there are a lot of dead“.

Also in Dunkirk, further along the coast, some 150 people gathered in front of the Human Rights stele, at the call of the collective “Ripostons: for the respect of fundamental rights“.

Among them, the mayors of Dunkirk, Patrice Vergriete (various left) and of Grande-Synthe, Martial Beyaert (PS), whose locality welcomes, like Calais, permanent flows of migrants.

We must be indignant about this French and British policy which puts exiles in a situation of having no other recourse than smugglers, the smugglers scandal“, launched Bernard Champagne on behalf of the League of Human Rights.

Mr. Vergriete for his part pleaded for “a system for distributing asylum applications at European level“, a system which would avoid putting the exiles”in the hands of the smugglers’ mafias“.

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