Migrants and anarchists clashed with police over the weekend ahead of the closure of the so-called Jungle refugee camp outside Calais planned for Monday. The estimated 7,000 residents will be offered places in other refugee centres dispersed thoughout France and 60 buses will be used to transport them.
Authorities estimate that about 200 migrants have succeeded in reaching England by stowing away on vehicles heading for the Port of Calais and Eurotunnel. There have been dozens of fatalities, many involving young people.
On Saturday, the British authorities took a group of adolescent girls to the UK, saying that the dismantling of the camp would otherwise leave them prone to sexual abuse.
Heavy machinery will move in on Tuesday to flatten the tents and shelters left behind and a significant force of police and para-military personnel will be on hand to quell any violent protests.
Meanwhile, the UK continues to fund a three-metre high wall 1 kilometre-long along the road that leads to the Calais ferry port. This replaces a double fence deemed not to be secure enough to stop migrants blocking the access road from the A16 motorway.
[caption id="attachment_14141" align="alignleft" width="397"] President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte[/caption]
The controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has said that if he is ever impeached or penalised for his actions as Chief Executive, and should he have the luxury of choice, he would choose the jail in Monaco to serve his time.
“As long as I have the right to select where I should be detained, I should rot (there) for all time … in Monaco with a view of the beach and a telescope in hand,” the 71-year-old President said.
While Duterte’s ambitions may be difficult to realise, he is currently facing an impeachment motion brought by Representative Gary Alejano, a former marine, alleging culpable violation of the Philippines Constitution by engaging in bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, as well as other high crimes. He has also been accused of ordering the extra-judicial killings of known drug dealers.
Fortunately for the President, the House of Representatives, which will decide on the impeachment complaint, is controlled by President Duterte’s allies.