Police arrest 47 anarchists threatening to lead swarms of illegal migrants through Channel tunnel to Britain
French riot police have arrested 47 anarchists after they threatened to lead swarms of illegal migrants through the Channel Tunnel to Britain.Â
Weapons including machetes, metal poles and a spiked club were found hidden by the activists during raids in Calais late on Wednesday.Â
Some of those arrested had been massing in a protest camp aimed at helping the migrants to ‘tear down the borders’ to England .Â
Protesters belonging to the anarchist group No Borders are massing in Calais
More than 800 elite CRS riot-control officers are in the town, with another 1,200 on standby in the immediate vicinity.
A tense atmosphere has gripped the port all week, with a spotter helicopter circling overhead, roads blocked, and mobile police patrols circulating constantly.Â
A local policeman spokesman confirmed that 17 of the arrests had been made in the vicinity of the camp, where officers were using stop and search tactics.Â