Protest at De Gaulle and Churchill statue unveiling in Calais

.. le ça déglutit rumine digère
je sais la merde (et sa quadrature)
mais merde – [..]
(les fleuves ne sont pas impossible) ..

.. Il pensa au plomb fondu dans la gorge de la chimère ..

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Calais Migrant Solidarity


On Sunday 25th June, the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, brought 1000 tourists from Britain to Calais in an attempt to “reinforce the historic links between Great Britain and Calais”. In actual fact, this was a shameless endeavour to mask the reality of the situation in Calais.

3000 British people applied for the subsidised trip and 1000 people were selected to participate. The tourists were treated to a guided shopping tour of the city, and were then taken to the inauguration of two new statues, one of Charles De Gaulle, and the other of Winston Churchill. With great aplomb, in the presence of a gaggle of government bureaucrats including the Minister of Public Action and Accounts, the President of the Region, the Ambassador of Great Britain and the granddaughter of Winston Churchill, the new statues were unveiled to the sound of applause and the patter of rain.

Bouchart’s aim with…

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