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Port of Dover blockade on Saturday to stop illegal migrants entering Kent could be illegal

Truckers will block the Port of Dover on Saturday in protest of how the illegal migrant crisis is affecting them. 

Lorry drivers, whose vehicles come under siege by foreign nationals desperate to reach Kent, are being slapped with fines of £2,000 per immigrant found in their vehicles - despite their efforts to stop them stowing away in their trucks. 

The planned action, which could be illegal, will take place from 1pm.

High levels of traffic are expected to pass through the Port of Dover due to closure of the Channel Tunnel
High levels of traffic are expected to pass through the Port of Dover due to closure of the Channel Tunnel

A Facebook page, called Support the Calais to Dover Truckers, is updating readers with the campaign's progress. 

Today it said: "A French group called save Calais will be supporting us on Saturday and blockading Calais."

Yesterday it listed the reasons for the demonstration. They are: "To stop a driver being injured or worse. To stop Isis terrorists from re entering this country. To stop Ebola being transported into this country. To stop unchecked criminals from entering this country.
To stop rapists and child molester's into this country. To stop drivers being fined for clandestines being on their trucks. To show the government you're not happy about uncontrolled immigration. To show the government you're not happy being in the European union and it ruling our country with tin pot human rights laws."

The Port of Calais
The Port of Calais

Truckers face regular, and sometimes threatening conflicts with would-be illegal immigrants who line port approach roads trying to access lorries when they slow down in queues or at roundabouts.

Some firms have stopped using the Port of Calais to avoid the risk.

The Port of Dover, which will be affected by the blockade, said the priority was to keep the port open. 

A Port of Dover spokesperson said: “We are aware of the potential protest planned for this Saturday under the banner of supporting the truckers and we are in close liaison with our partners about this issue.

"Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our customers and community and keeping the port and its operations open.

"Over the next few days we will be monitoring the situation to ensure that we can deal with any planned protests in the safest and most constructive way”.

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