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Calais: “Deploy military immediately,” demands RHA

Jan 25, 2016
Road Haulage Association Chief Executive Richard Burnett is demanding that the French government deploy its military to secure the chaos at Calais.

This follows the chaotic developments at the port last Saturday when 50 migrants boarded a P&O vessel and the port was closed for several hours. Trouble flared following a demonstration in support of migrants, which - according to the AP news agency - attracted a crowd of 2,000 people, some of whom were from Britain.

"This shocking breach of security clearly shows that the migrant mayhem in and around Calais is not being tackled,” said Burnett. ”This latest episode has made the headlines, but the many incidents of attacks and intimidation faced by our British drivers on a daily basis are going unreported as, depressingly, they are now being regarded as routine.”

“It is now time for the authorities to acknowledge and meet our demand for the French military to be deployed to secure the port and its approaches. I am now publically calling on government to join my call for this decisive action. The time for debate has passed and we need immediate action. It is now surely only a matter of time before our worst fears become a reality and a UK-bound truck driver is killed."

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