Hunger strike at Saint-Pierre church in Calais to support migrants

“We want this to be a public event, which can be experienced. They had to be protected from possible eviction: if they had been in a public place, they would have risked being evicted. "

On October 11, three activists, Ludovic, Anaïs and Father Philippe, 72 years old priest chaplain of Secours Catholique, began a hunger strike in support of migrants.

They demand "the suspension of daily evictions and the dismantling of camps during the winter break", "the end of the confiscation of tents and personal effects of exiled persons", as well as "the opening of a reasoned citizen dialogue between public authorities and associations not mandated by the State, relating to the opening and location of distribution points for all the goods necessary to maintain the health of exiled persons ”.

Their action is followed on social networks, in particular on their Instagram account, Hunger at the borders.

Father Louis-Emmanuel Meyer is the parish priest of the Saint-Pierre church in Calais. Interviewed by theSir Agency, he explains the reasons why he welcomed them to his church.

“We want this to be a public event, which can be experienced. They had to be protected from possible eviction: if they had been in a public place, they would have risked being evicted. "

He explains that "the sub-prefect came by Monday and discussed with them", without responding to their three complaints.

The priest recognizes the support that surrounds this hunger strike.

“This protest is supported by Christians but also many non-denominational associations. What associations do during the day, the state destroys at night and we no longer know how to stop this abuse. We are also supported by the bishop, who came to visit the three activists. There is a lot of support. "

While he recognizes that the migration issue is at a “political level”, he says that in Calais, there is a “humanitarian level”.

“The priority is to feed, dress, help. "

Saturday, October 23, a solidarity fast is organized to support this hunger strike.

MC

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