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Riot police braced for more clashes as demolition of Jungle migrant camp continues

Scott D'Arcy

Published 01/03/2016 | 09:18

Migrants run past burning tents in a makeshift camp near Calais, France, Monday Feb. 29, 2016. French authorities have begun dismantling part of the sprawling camp locally referred to as
Migrants run past burning tents in a makeshift camp near Calais, France, Monday Feb. 29, 2016. French authorities have begun dismantling part of the sprawling camp locally referred to as "the jungle" where thousands are hanging out, hoping to make their way to a better life in Britain. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A migrant stands on the roof of a shelter and displays the message, "I am searching for freedom in Europe but I find none" during the partial dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the "jungle", in Calais, northern France, February 29, 2016
A French CRS riot policeman apprehends a young Afghan during a protest by migrants against the partial dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the "jungle", in Calais, northern France, February 29, 2016
A bulldozer clears away debris from makeshift shelters that are torn down in a section of the camp for migrants called the "jungle" in Calais, northern France, February 29, 2016

Riot police are braced for further clashes with refugees as the demolition of parts of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle resumes.

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French officers fired tear gas as some makeshift shelters were set on fire as tensions over the mass eviction of the camp's southern section escalated overnight.

A migrant stands on the roof of a shelter and displays the message,
A migrant stands on the roof of a shelter and displays the message, "I am searching for freedom in Europe but I find none" during the partial dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the "jungle", in Calais, northern France, February 29, 2016

Some migrants and refugees have been moved to adapted containers but aid workers say the eviction is "dispersing the problem", with others moving to the northern part of the Jungle or to other camps such as Dunkirk.

Speaking from Calais, Ginny Howells, UK emergency manager for Save the Children, described the scene at the camp as "very chaotic" and said those living there were "anxious".

A French CRS riot policeman apprehends a young Afghan during a protest by migrants against the partial dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the
A French CRS riot policeman apprehends a young Afghan during a protest by migrants against the partial dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the "jungle", in Calais, northern France, February 29, 2016

"They are all just incredibly worried and anxious," she said.

"People are dispersing into the northern part of the camps - it's really just moving the problem to other camps, which are in a worse condition.

A bulldozer clears away debris from makeshift shelters that are torn down in a section of the camp for migrants called the
A bulldozer clears away debris from makeshift shelters that are torn down in a section of the camp for migrants called the "jungle" in Calais, northern France, February 29, 2016

"No one wants the Jungle to exist but until you've worked with them, don't demolish the community structures that have been built up."

Ms Howells claimed children taking shelter in a Save the Children youth centre on the site had been affected by tear gas on Monday.

She added she expected further clashes and "more of the same" as the demolition continued.

French authorities want to relocate people from the squalid, rat-infested site to heated containers nearby or to centres around France.

The action came after a judge in Lille ruled last Thursday that a partial clearance should go ahead, apart from social spaces, including schools and places of worship.

Campaigners had called for a postponement to remove people from the slum, saying that there is not enough new accommodation for people to move to.

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