French General Christian Piquemal arrested in Calais as Pegida protest turns violent
A former French general was one of the anti-immigration activists arrested at a small Pegida protest in Calais yesterday, it has emerged. General Christian Piquemal, who was in charge of the famous French Foreign Legion during the 1990s, was one of 20 protesters arrested after scuffles broke out during an anti-Islam rally near the Jungle, a makeshift migrant camp in northern France.
French authorities had previously banned the rally, which was one of several held across the continent in protest at what the far-right sees as the "Islamisation" of Europe. Around 150 protesters representing Pegida, an anti-Islam protest group with branches all over Europe, arrived in Calais, despite a moratorium from the French government on all protests in the town.
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An eyewitness, Mickael Paepe, to this malicious charade of "maintaining order" wrote this to Résistance Républicaine :
I was at his side when Général Piquemal was brutally arrested
As agreed on the phone with your editor in chief, I herewith testify to what I saw at the event this February 6, 2016 in Calais.
I live this city, today devastated forever. I want to note that this is the first time that such police personnel and such repressive means have been deployed to a demonstration which was entirely peaceful.
At the last demonstration by migrants, No-Borders and antifa, these means were not used, while the statue of General (De Gaulle) was tagged, vehicles were damaged, and the port invaded, with hundreds of illegal intrusions into a ferry.
This time we had two water cannon trucks on site as well as many police personnel. Despite the absence of provocation on our part, CRS (Riot Police) attacked us with tear gas; we were charged with it three times.
General Piquemal, who was about to leave the demonstration after a call to the protesters to disperse, was arrested with incredible violence.
I was with him, I was brutally pushed against the barriers, a man in his fifties, who was standing next to me, was knocked to the ground, falling and hitting his head forcefully on the pavement.
About twenty people were arrested and taken away by bus.I myself was taken to the side and arrested for a short while. A CRS (riot police) took my name and date of birth. After 15 minutes, I was released.
We then went in a small group (about thirty people) towards the police station to demand the release of General Piquemal. But when we arrived, a large number of police were waiting for us. Two water cannons had been brought there, the police barricaded their entrance doors and CRS (Riot Police) were positioned outside the doors.
After about 45 minutes of waiting, we left after the CRS had threatened us with arrest.
I note that the Cazeneuve (Minister of Interior) police are allowing migrants to attack Lorry drivers, police and Calaisiens with impunity, while uncompromisingly rebuking a hero of the nation, General Piquemal, and the nation’s patriots.
This is further evidence that the country is run by traitors.