The Jungle: Pre-Eviction

In the week leading up to the eviction of the makeshift refugee camp in Calais, France, known as the Jungle, CRS riot police continued incursions into the camp at night.

Saturday night saw a sustained attack lasting more than three hours, using water cannons, tear gas rounds, rubber bullets and baton charges into the camp permitter. Monday was a smaller action, with officers throwing tear gas grenades into camp and firing tear gas rounds at waist height along one of the main roads.

Charity workers, volunteers and refugees have said they feel the police are using the camp as a training ground, preparing for the worse-case scenario in the lead up to the eviction, which is expected to start from 24 October.

Associated Press: Eviction Fears

Associated Press: Police Clashes

Report Digital: Police Water Cannon Clashes

Report Digital: Police and Refugee Clashes

Report Digital: Police Throw Tear Gas Grenades

Report Digital: Police Assault Rifles Guard Jungle Camp

Report Digital: Calais Jungle Refugee Archive

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Walls, Gas and Eviction

Calais Jungle Gas Attacks

Calais Refugee Crisis

A Brief History of the Calais Refugee Crisis

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Calais Jungle Gas Attacks

Another return to the makeshift refugee camp in Calais known as The Jungle revealed the CRS riot police are firing tear gas into the camp most nights. One young man was injured and taken to hospital after being struck in the head with a rubber bullet.

The argument from authorities is the gas and other “non-lethal” weapons are used to repel refugees from the fences on the motorway that leads to the port. But with a hundred metre no-mans-land between the camp and the road – created when that area between the camp and the road was cleared prior to the February 2016 eviction – it is hard to argue why multiple rounds of gas and rubber bullets need to be fired deep into the camp continuously for an hour, setting fire to tents and tarpaulins and forcing men, women and children to flee gas-filled tents.

The camp is said to house around 10,000 people now. Nearly 400 children have been registered but according to groups working with the children the full number is closer to 1000.

The UK government has been criticised for their delay in giving unaccompanied children sanctuary. On Friday 16 September this was compounded as a 14-year-old Afghan boy died after falling from a truck. He was the third child in a total of 18 refugee deaths to happen this year in Calais.

The boy had the legal right to travel to Britain because his brother already lived there and an application for papers to allow him to enter the UK was made several months earlier. Out of desperation because of the delays the boy returned to trying to stow away on lorries.

Recent response has been a port blockade by local workers, politicians, truckers and farmers. The blockade threatened to last all week long, but finished by 2.30pm local time the same day.

It was also claimed the blockade was not racist. I managed to find the leader of PEGIDA Netherlands, Edwin Wagensveld, marching with others, in a PEGIDA T-shirt, completely unchallenged.

The blockade called for the immediate demolition of the Jungle. What they got instead was a four-metre high, kilometre-long wall. The construction started yesterday.

This weekend, Saturday 17 September, saw some 20,000 people march through London, calling for the UK government to do more help refugees. My report for Associated Press focused on people’s opinions to what is being dubbed by some elements of the media as “The Great Wall of Calais”.

Report Digital Calais Refugee Catalogue

Calais Jungle Eviction 2016

A Brief History of the Calais Refugee Crisis

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Mark Duggan Five Years No Justice

The families of loved ones killed by police march from the Broadwater Farm Estate to Tottenham police station in London, to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan.

The killing of Mark Duggan in August 2011 sparked the riots in Tottenham that spread across London and the country over the next five days, leaving a further five people dead.

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November Cairo: One Year On

One year on from last year’s clashes in Cairo against the military control of the post revolution country, Egypt has seen another week of unrest after democratically elected president Morsi declared absolute rule.

In that violent week of November 2011 it was believed more than 100 people were killed, although the true figure was never known after official sources were accused of manipulating the death toll. During the 18 day 2011 uprising more than 800 were killed.


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Mohamed Mahmoud night – onetwothreefour – five

Mohamed Mahmoud day – onetwothreefour

Martyrs Day – onetwo

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2012 Rory Peck News Finalist: 2011 London Riots

For the second year running I have been short listed for the Rory Peck Trust news awards. In 2011 it was down to the footage shot over the first week of the Egyptian Uprising. This year it is for covering the August 2011 London Riots. The other two finalists in the news section are Roddy Hafiz for his stunning work in Cairo and Mani for his unbeleivable work in Homs, Syria.

On the year anniversary of the London riots ReportDigital got me to go back over the original footage and upload five previously unpublished video rushes from the Tottenham riots. Below is a list of the online library rushes.

Tottenham Riots 1 – Tottenham Riots 2 – Tottenham Riots 3 – Tottenham Riots 4 – Tottenham Riots 5

Tottenham Riots 6 – Tottenham Riots 7 – Tottenham Riots 8 – Tottenham Riots 9 – Tottenham Riots 10

Tottenham Riots 11 – Tottenham Riots 12 – Tottenham Riots 13 – Tottenham Riots 14 – Tottenham Riots 15

Previously Unpublished: Tottenham Riots 16 – Tottenham Riots 17 – Tottenham Riots 18

Tottenham Riots 19 – Tottenham Riots 20 – Tottenham Riots 21

Hackney Riots 1 – Hackney Riots 2 –  Hackney Riots 3 – Hackney Riots 4 – Hackney Riots 5

Sloane Square Looting AftermathCroydon Aftermath 1Croydon Aftermath 2

We are the Enfield Army – We are the Enfield Army: Interviews

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