Seven patriots from northern France have been arrested for allegedly attacking invaders trying to get onto UK-bound trucks—although they have denied involvement, the La Voix du Nord newspaper has reported.
The seven men, aged between 22- and 24-years-old, are all from around the Pas-de-Calais region (which includes Calais).
According to La Voix du Nord, they were all arrested near Dunkirk, shortly after four Iraqi Kurds claimed to have been beaten with iron bars as they tried to break into trucks on the road to the ferry port in Calais.
Prosecutors in Dunkirk said on Friday evening that the seven men would stay in jail over the weekend and would only appear in court next week.
Police said that the alleged attacks took place overnight on Wednesday to Thursday in the Loon-Plage commune, and that among the arrested men was Christophe Griffart, the organizer of the “Calais Idéoscope” group which has led the popular resistance to the invasion over the past few months.
Christophe Griffart, right, at the banned Pegida march in Calais last weekend.
He was also a leading participant in the Pegida-organized demonstration the previous week in Calais, which was banned by the local authorities, and which saw a former French Foreign Legion leader, General Christian Piquemal arrested.
When the men were arrested, police found three iron bars, and a large electrical cable in the trunk of their car. It is these items which the police claimed were “weapons.”
Although the authorities claim that the seven men were responsible for the alleged attack upon the invaders, they have denied it, the report continued. They said they were only in the area to “gather evidence on the criminal behavior of migrants” so as to publish them on the Calais Idéoscope Facebook page.
They have now been charged with participating in the alleged attack last week, although the police pointed out that there was as of yet no link between the men and other alleged attacks which they say have taken place over the past few months.
Earlier, a number of pro-invasion activists and representatives of the “Doctors without Borders” organization claimed that they were going to file at least twelve charges related to violent attacks upon the invaders in Calais.
The leftists claimed that the “majority of these reports concern abuses by the security forces and attacks by civilian militia.”