Video footage reveals the moment migrants and anarchists marching through the center of Calais on Saturday broke through police lines and stormed the city’s port which connects France to the United Kingdom.
The French government is adamant that current security provisions in the area are adequate and effective, yet the video shows riot police backing away from a crowd of migrants chanting “UK, UK”, before turning and running. One migrant angrily screams at the camera: “We are people. We are Muslim! We want to go to UK!”
The migrants were then able to break through security fencing; 50 made it all the way onto the UK-bound ferry Spirit of Britain.
It is not clear from the video how many migrants broke through the police line and marched into the port, but it is apparent that initial reports of 150 were an underestimate. Later reports suggested that anywhere between 500 and 1000 migrants made it within port boundaries, although only 50 succeeded in boarding the UK bound ferry Pride of Britain.
However, the new video, which was filmed from within the migrant crowd, sheds new light on how the migrants were able to access the port in the first place. It shows a line of around 20 riot police blocking access to Rue de la Mer, which leads to the port. A large contingent of migrants and anarchists walk up to the police line chanting “UK, UK”. (Read more from “French Cops Run From Migrants Screaming: ‘We Are Muslim, We Want to Go to UK!'” HERE)