French police shut down pro-migrant protest near migrant "jungle"

A banned demonstration near a migrant camp in Calais on Saturday left three police officers and a journalist lightly wounded, a news report said.

Police used water cannon and tear gas against well over a hundred protesters, consisting of migrants and pro-migrant activists from across France, La Voix du Nord newspaper reported.

The demonstrators reportedly threw stones at police.

The local authorities had earlier this week issued an order forbidding any migrant-linked demonstrations.

The government in Paris wants to shut down the camp, which officials say holds about 7,000 migrants. Aid organizations put the number at closer to 10,000.

The migrants are waiting in the camp to try and reach Britain, often stowed in, behind, or underneath trucks.

Last update: Sat, 01/10/2016 - 23:34
Author: 

More from Europe

Merkel's deputy seeks economic pivot to Asia with Trump in office

German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for a new economic policy towards Asia following the...

Vienna on high alert after police arrest terrorism suspect

A terrorist attack in Vienna was averted Friday when police arrested a suspect, according to the country's interior...

Woman, four children pulled from Italian avalanche-struck hotel

A woman and four children were extracted alive from the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, days after it was struck...

Merkel not watching Trump inauguration, as US-German business warns

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany warned incoming US president Donald Trump on Friday against leading the...

Report: Eight survivors, two children found in Italy hotel

Italian rescuers located a total of eight survivors, including two girls, at a central Italian hotel that was...