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Tensions mount in French port over migrant flux

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Migrants protest in Calais, France demanding human rights protection. They have alleged police brutality against them, with some claiming to have suffered broken hands and legs. - AP

CALAIS (AP):

Police are blocking streets in the French port of Calais, as extreme left-wing activists are marching and far-right activists protest against an influx of migrants trying to sneak across the English Channel into Britain.

A few dozen leftists defending the migrants smashed the windows of a car in the city centre. One said they were trying to disrupt the demonstration by anti-immigration activists yesterday.

Police barricaded streets and sought to keep the groups apart.

Calais is facing rising tensions over immigration and has about 1,300 migrants from the Horn of Africa, Sudan and Afghanistan. The migrants try to sneak on to trucks or ferries to Britain because they think it is a promised land with generous benefits for refugees, something officials say is a "myth" that must be broken.