01 Aug Calais goes UP IN FLAMES
FLAMES filled the air in Calais after striking French ferry workers blocked roads with burning tyres leaving the port now resembling a WARZONE.
The protest has taken place after negotiations with the French government over job cuts broke down.Fires, which are currently blocking access to the harbour, have plunged the crisis zone into further chaos.
It comes after Britain’s borders faced more disruption last night as hundreds of migrants including children stormed the Eurotunnel.
David Cameron has said Britain is threatened by a “swarm” of foreigners and the migrant crisis in Calais was likened to a “warzone.”
Migrants were pictured clinging to a lorry as they left the port of Dover, while others in Calais were seen clambering over fences with children in tow.
More than 4,000 increasingly aggressive and desperate migrants largely from war-torn failed African states have stormed through fences in a bid to clamber aboard trains to ‘El Dorado’ UK.
An estimated 150 have made it to Britain’s shores, with some claiming an increased feeling nationwide that the country is under siege.
Mr Cameron, meanwhile, remains in Vietnam and Theresa May has refused to call in military support to help the beleagured French forces.
Despite the numbers of migrants flooding into Britain, Mr Cameron has insisted the border with France is secure although he did admit the threat was very real.
He said: “This is very testing, I accept that, because you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it’s got a growing economy, it’s an incredible place to live.
“But we need to protect our borders by working hand in glove with our neighbours the French and that is exactly what we are doing.”
Natalie Chapman, of the Freight Transport Association, likened the scenes of chaos in Calais to a “warzone” and fears it is only a matter of time till a British driiver gets killed in the French port.
She said: “The situation in Calais has been escalating over the last few months and you think it can’t get any worse – and then it does.
“For lorry drivers trying to get to the UK it’s like a warzone. You’ve got people who have made in many cases very long and dangerous journeys to try to get to the UK who will stop at nothing to try to get on board.
“We recognise it’s a humanitarian crisis and a complex global situation and that these are human beings, but drivers’ lives are being put at risk by people who are so desperate they have no concern with their own safety and welfare and probably even less for the safety and welfare of the drivers.
“We are very, very concerned about the safety of our drivers and we fear it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.”
Experienced MPs however have called on Mr Cameron to act as the threat continues to grow by demanding the British Army should be sent in to restore order because the French authorities had clearly ‘lost control’.
Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper lashed out at the Prime Minister saying cross-Channel diplomacy had failed. She said: “Still not enough is being done to stop a difficult situation becoming desperate.”
Mr Cameron claimed moves would be made to deport more people who arrive in the UK illegally and added: “We will remove more illegal migrants from our country so people know it’s not a safe haven once you’re there.”
Ukip leader Nigel Farage also waded into the debate saying: “A couple of times I’ve been stuck on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain and once, even, they tried the back door of the car to see whether they could get in.”
British social media users were also becoming increasingly frustrated with what they perceive as Mr Cameron’s inaction on the Calais crisis.
Angry reaction on Twitter included Jammy Bottoms who wrote: “It’s so disgusting that Cameron isn’t even pretending to be the slightest bit concerned for the migrants at Calais.”
stephen phelps added: “UK: the 5th richest economy with the 5th biggest defence spend. How difficult can it be to secure a f*&@!!£ tunnel!”
hard W. Jones said: “David Cameron: ‘Everything will be done to make Britain’s border secure.’ Yeah, right, and I’m a Frenchman.”
Michaela CrossT wrote: “Where the hell is David Cameron in all this? He’s not exactly Chuchill is he!?”
Richard Dingle: “Cameron continues to embarrass over his use of language describing migrants as a ‘swarm’ We need a statesman not a shallow prat.”
The row in Britain follows latest news footage from Calais showing some as young as 15 climbing through holes in the wire and using clothes to help them jump over fences.
When French police arrived in riot vans some of the migrants were rounded up while three or four made a dash towards parked lorries.