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Migrants protest over conditions at barracks where they are being housed

A protest broke out about the conditions at an army barracks that is being used to home asylum seekers and migrants.

Video footage posted on Twitter shows people chanting ‘freedom’ and asking police ‘to do something please’ while some shake the gates. Police attended the protest but no arrests were made. 

One witness told Kent Online that the protest started because asylum seekers are not being given any answers about how long they will be kept at the barracks for. 

The witness also said the conditions inside the barracks are ‘cold and cramped’ and it is impossible to socially distance.  

At one point in the video the crowd lifts a man up to talk to officers on the other side of the metal gates. 

He waves his arms around and shouts about ‘security’ and says he has waited quietly to be released to the police and other people outside

He climbs down from the gates and the crowd chant ‘freedom, freedom, freedom’ and shake the gate. 

Another video shows an officer talking to the migrants inside the gate and says: Guys if you break the gate, there’s no freedom because you will be arrested for criminal damage. So don’t do that.’

Napier Barracks was turned into accommodation for asylum-seeking men in September and can house 400 people. 

Since then there have been numerous demonstrations and welcome events from migrant-supporters as well as anti-migrant protestors.

But the Government recently revealed that they are battling to provide shelter for everyone arriving into the country and is taking ‘every bed’ it can. 

Kent Police said: ‘Kent Police was called at 3.39pm on November 16 to a report of a minor disturbance at Napier Barracks in Folkestone.

‘Officers attended to offer assistance while the incident was dealt with. No arrests were made.’

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