Charities distributing food to homeless migrants allege 600 acts of intimidation by officers, including tear gassing

Volunteers distributing food and water to homeless refugees and migrants in Calais are being systematically harassed and intimidated by French police, according to a report submitted to France’s human rights ombudsman.

Four associations working to distribute aid on the northern French coast, including the British group Help Refugees, published a report on Wednesday saying that between November 2017 and July 2018 there were more than 600 incidents of intimidation against volunteers. These ranged from excessive identity checks and police stop and searches, arbitrary parking fines and pat-downs, to threats, insults, and verbal and physical violence.

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