The Realities Of Calais Migrant Camp, In A Way Only Banksy Can Show

The artwork, which appeared on the French Embassy in London, is the latest in the artist’s criticism of the U.K.'s handling of the refugee crisis.



Elusive graffiti artist and activist Banksy has painted yet another mural to depict the horrors faced by asylum-seekers living in the “jungle” refugee camp in Calais.

Continuing his criticism of the British government over the handling of the biggest migrant crisis since World War II, the mysterious artist painted a stunning image of a crying young girl from the popular movie and musical Les Misérables. The illustration also includes an opened bottle of CS gas, funneling smoke toward the girl.

The latest mural, which appeared overnight on the wall of French Embassy in London, is a clear reference to the law enforcement agencies’ alleged use of tear gas and other similar weapons in Calais. However, what makes it different from Banksy’s previous endeavors is the QR scanning code that he has stenciled beneath the artwork.

Apparently, if people hold their phones over the code, it directs them to a seven-minute YouTube video of a police raid on the camps earlier this month.

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Authorities deny using tear gas on the Calais camp.

In fact, speaking to The Guardian last week, a police officer named Steve Barbet said, “It’s not in our interest to use tear gas unless it’s absolutely necessary to restore public order, and it is never used in the camp itself.”

However, the video posted above contradicts all the claims, as it clearly shows French authorities blatantly using tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades during an overnight raid on Jan. 5 and 6.

Reports of the repeated use of CS gas also emerged last Monday after French police attempted to create a 100-meter buffer zone between the camps and the motorway.

Not too long ago, Banksy painted a mural depicting the Apple founder Steve Jobs on the wall of a tunnel in the refugee camp in Calais. Since Jobs was the son of Syrian migrants, the graffiti artist’s artwork emphasized that Apple, one of the most profitable companies in the world, existed because “they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Although the authorities used Plexiglas to protect it, someone still managed to vandalize it.


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