The Calais 'Jungle' camp protest in pictures

Tractors fill the road
Protesters block the A16 road
Lorries are held back from the channel tunnel
Lorries and tractors fill the road
Local people join the protest in droves
Officers stand guard over the protest

Farmers are said to be angry over the destruction of crops caused by the expansion of the camp

Monday, September 5, 2016

A protest is taking place in Calais calling for the closure of the migrant camp nicknamed 'The Jungle', as drivers block the main motorway route into Calais.

Lorry drivers and farmers are blockading the route, whilst in Calais protestors are gathered on the motorway with banners close to ferry terminals and the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. Local traders and trade unions are also taking part.

The Port of Calais has put a diversion in place and ferries are still operating as normal.

It began with two convoys of trucks, which left Boulogne and Dunkirk on the A16 motorway towards Calais, going slowly. Farmers were waiting at the sides of the roads to join the convoy. 

Organisers of the protest claim the camp is undermining Calais, and lorry drivers say they have seen increasing threats from gangs and migrants attempting to reach the UK.

It is said farmers are angry over the destruction of crops, as the migrant camp grows larger.

Scroll through the gallery above to view photos of the protest