(Breaking News) The port of Calais have been closed down after around 50 migrants invaded the a ship, the city’s mayor Natacha Bouchart has said.
#France #Update: Around 2000 migrants enter #Calais port. 60 occupying ferry after peaceful demo. pic.twitter.com/XnsWlJbfSZ Video @Phil_Caller
— José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) January 23, 2016
Around 50 migrants in Calais boarded a P&O ferry named the Spirit of Britain while it was unloading. Ferry company DFDS Seaways tweeted that the port had been closed due to a “migrant invasion”.
@Derek1154 Calais port will reopen once the port is cleared, please still proceed to Calais for your scheduled departure ^NC
— DFDS Seaways UK (@DFDSSeaways) January 23, 2016
P&O Ferries described it as a “security incident” and said passengers could expect a delay of between 90 and 120 minutes.
Police were called in Calais to remove the migrants and the port was closed.
People from the UK were supporting the demonstrators and were carrying banners saying “refugees welcome here”.
<< Jeremy Corbyn visits migrant camp… >> Port of Calais closed as migrants storm ferry – Telegraph https://t.co/7HOoVO5P5t
— Hugo First (@LlareggubHall) January 23, 2016
Mayor Natacha Bouchart issued an angry stream of tweets aimed at both the international support groups who organised the march and at the French government.
“This is proof that demonstrations organised by pseudo-defenders of migrants are essentially intended to attack normal life,” she said. “I had made clear to the government my disapproval of this demonstration.”
A long queue is started building up near Calais and people appear to be furious as one Kieran twitted “queue thanks to our esteemed migrant neighbours”.
Tonight’s port of #Calais queue thanks to our esteemed migrant neighbours @LBC pic.twitter.com/0tDDu457pp
— Kieran (@UberKaninchen) January 23, 2016
Calais port closed as dozens of migrants storm UK ship – https://t.co/Q35zZxBiQj pic.twitter.com/u2b8mOAApn
— Britain First (@BritainFirst) January 24, 2016