France: Hundreds block highway in rally to evict refugees

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September 6, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle    
Posted in News, PND News

"Hundreds of truckers in big rigs, farmers in tractors and dockworkers and merchants on foot blocked a major highway in northern France on Monday to demand the closure of the Calais refugee camp known as 'the jungle.' Local authorities are urging travelers to avoid the area in hopes of limiting disruptions from the Monday blockade, aimed at paralyzing traffic on the route used to access Britain via the Eurotunnel and port. Tensions have increased as the population of the camp has risen to at least 7,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa, who are trying to reach Britain. The surge has come even though authorities have tightened security and closed half of the camp, showing the challenges of Europe’s refugee crisis." (09/05/16)  

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