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Calais protesters detonate smoke bombs outside French event in London

Protestors gathered outside Shoreditch House Tuesday to draw attention to the clearance of the camp at Calais.

LONDON — Protestors descended on Shoreditch House in east London on Tuesday night, while the French ambassador in London was speaking at an event, to voice their anger at the clearing of the migrant and refugee camp at Calais.

The group let off smoke bombs and unfurled banners at the protest, which was timed to coincide with the launch of Creative France, Business France’s new campaign aimed at promoting creativity in the country.

Inside the club, Ambassador of France to the UK Sylvie Bermann was addressing entrepreneurs.

Outside, meanwhile, people shouted and held up a banner reading: “Borders are weapons of fear and division. Tear down their fences. Live fighting. Live free.”

According to witness Daniel Giacopelli, some protestors in balaclavas tried to gain access to the members’ club.

Some 30 people were estimated to be present.

A journalist for City AM, meanwhile, claimed to be prevented from accessing the event for 45 minutes.

A leaflet at the demonstration reportedly warned that the destruction of the camp would affect the community’s amenities like the shops, churches and other communal areas.

“Across Europe the walls are going up again,” it read. “Some of the technologies of control and surveillance are new, developed by the high-tech ‘creative industries’ the French government is celebrating at tonight’s event.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed to Mashable they were “called to reports of a protest” at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. “Officers attended the scene,” they said. “No arrests.”

Mashable has reached out to the French embassy in London for comment.

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