OPEN LETTER: Let Aid For Refugees Pass


The Convoy to Calais, on Saturday 18 June 2016, was refused entry into France. Over 250 vehicles carrying many tonnes of much needed aid for refugees in the 'Jungle Camp' were turned away at the border by the French authorities. 

The reasons given for refusing the convoy entry were spurious, including the 'State of Emergency', football hooliganism and the threat of terrorist attack. None of these had any connection with our humanitarian mission. While two lorries and a handful of cars and vans managed to get through, less than half of the aid collected was delivered.

The organisers of the Convoy to Calais made it clear to the French authorities that there was no intention to cause any disruption or hold any kind of demonstration or protest, when in France. This was a convoy delivering aid and solidarity to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet who governments across Europe are trying to forget.

We demand: 
- A guarantee that all future aid convoys will be allowed to travel into France and that there is no racial profiling of any attendees

- A full refund from the French Government for the cost of the ferry tickets for those that couldn't travel. This will be donated to the charities in Calais helping the refugees (unless an individual requests the money back)

- That the French government provides funds to ensure that the rest of the aid collected is transported to Calais

- That the British Police force should not collude with, or aid, the French authorities in stopping any future convoys

- That the British government support these demands and help us ensure that the French government take these actions

Letter initiated by: Sam Fairbairn, People's Assembly, Weyman Bennett, Stand up to Racism, John Rees, Stop the War Coalition, Maz Saleem, Anti-Racist Campaigner


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  • Anonymous
    commented 2016-11-30 15:21:56 +0000
    Don’t reject people Aid
  • Sue Fairweather
    commented 2016-06-22 00:43:53 +0100
    Simply…‘Let us Pass’.
  • Les Batty
    commented 2016-06-20 13:13:20 +0100
    Humanity people
  • Mary Croft
    commented 2016-06-20 12:19:13 +0100
    People need help,never deny aid!
  • Dean Braithwaite
    commented 2016-06-20 03:28:58 +0100
    Allow this aid through without further delay.
  • Gordon Housley
    commented 2016-06-20 00:12:23 +0100
    Cannot ignore the plight of the vulnerable children in these camps.
  • Wendy Rose
    commented 2016-06-19 23:58:42 +0100
    Le monde vous regarde, La France
  • Stella Maris
    commented 2016-06-19 23:43:52 +0100
    All those children in the Jungle Refugee Camp resemble my son… they ARE my Son.
  • Sharon Rothwell
    commented 2016-06-19 22:43:04 +0100
    Tell us why, please? It doesnt make ANY sense!!!!!!?
  • Duncan Heining
    commented 2016-06-19 22:29:59 +0100
    Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite? Those French philosophers buried in the Pantheon must be making one hell of a din!
  • Charlotte Peters Rock
    commented 2016-06-19 19:34:57 +0100
    I agree. Humanitarian principles have been remarkably lacking during this whole refugee crisis. With Germany inviting the whole world in.. and everywhere else shutting its borders in the faces of desperate refugees – whether ‘economic’ or in flight, this whole catastrophic mess, largely caused by western interference in those countries of flight, has already killed so many innocent people.. It certainly makes me wonder whether the camp in Calais, of desperate people left in mud and homelessness, is only to keep the main populations of our countries used to such dreadful treatment, being played out in front of us, so that we will accept more of it, both inside our own countries and elsewhere..
  • Graham Lawrence
    commented 2016-06-19 19:22:08 +0100
    What’s the problem France? Let the Humanitarian Aid through!
  • Mhara Costello
    commented 2016-06-19 18:47:52 +0100
    Utterly despicable. To deny desperate, traumatised people much needed humanitarian aid organised by those who care enough to get off their backsides & actually DO SOMETHING is inexcusable. By what right? On whose ‘say so’’? A full explanation (including compensation) is due.
  • Joyce Gamble
    commented 2016-06-19 18:47:46 +0100
    This is a disgrace. I don’t hive a shit about the politics. Humans need help. End of.
  • Richard Dennis
    commented 2016-06-19 18:30:51 +0100
    How can you deny food to the refugees of Calais?
    It is not as though they a threat to anyone.

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