Nick Gutteridge, Express, June 21, 2016
Hundreds of migrants shouting “f*** the UK” have stormed the roads in and around Calais and hurled rocks at British motorists in a desperate attempt to reach the UK before Britons decide whether or not to leave the EU.
French police battled around 300 migrants in the lawless port town this afternoon after huge mobs targeted England and Wales fans returning across the Channel after cheering on their teams at Euro 2016 and motoring enthusiasts driving back from the Le Mans rally event.
Gangs of migrants ran out onto the motorway and brought traffic to a standstill outside the port, so that they could break into lorries and stow away in an attempt to sneak across the Channel.
A British football fan caught up in the chaos reported that gangs of migrants were shouting “f*** the UK” as they hurled rocks at his car, posting photos on social media of clouds of tear gas fired by embattled police.
One UK motorist warned on social media that cars were being “stoned” by migrants as they sat stationary in traffic, warning others to stay away from the town.
Others claimed that the port had been “shut” by the authorities due to the chaos with “miles of stationary traffic” snaking back through the town, with one tweetlng: “UK Border control Calais side has stopped, we are all sat here waiting for cars to start flowing through? No toilets and water.”
Another added: “Migrants chucking stones at cars at Calais. All major routes are shut.”
Chaos erupted at around 3pm French time when the hundreds of migrants made an organised raid on the motorway linking the town to the port, which was closed by authorities for more than four hours, sparking traffic mayhem. It finally reopened at around 7pm after being left strewn with debris.
Calais newspaper La Voix du Nord reported that gangs of migrants from the nearby Jungle camp attacked the ring road in waves, with police putting up barriers and firing tear gas grenades in a bid to hold them back.
One British driver posted a video on Twitter showing migrants by the roadside, adding: “Just came through Calais and look at the thousands trying to get in–frightening amount #Brexit #VoteLeave.”
Another, Braden Connolly, added: “Cars are being stoned by the migrant camps in #Calais avoid if you can.”
And a third user warned: “Migrants at Calais smashing cars up with rocks. Main A16 exit shut, traffic is horrendous, use D247. Ferry port empty.”
Meanwhile James McCann, from McCann Transport, said: “Jungle residents kicking off on slip road into port, smoke bombs, stuff all over the road. Our driver mentioned projectiles being chucked. Port not so bad once clear of the madness, perimeter fence been breached though so some inside.”