A planned week-long protest by both truckers and local farmers at the Port of Calais began Monday September 5, 2016, according to reports.
The local residents and transport workers are protesting the permanent status of the migrant camp known as ‘the jungle’ in which it is understood 7’000 migrants and refugees now reside.
“Operation Escargot” (Snail Operation) is blocking the A16 with lorries, tractors and local people gathering to urge the government to destroy the camp, the protest is already reportedly causing huge disruption to port operations and holidaymakers.
Earlier in July, 2017, the Major of Newark held a similar protest against the Port of New York and New Jersey’s discriminative employment practises; this was also carried out by slowing traffic in and out of the port with a motorcade.
It is estimated over one million migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 alone, most of these are escaping war in Syria but there are many from North, West and Central Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.