Migrants once housed at Napier Barracks have complained to Sky News that they were “treated like criminals” and “weren’t allowed to speak to anyone in authority”, in the latest attempt to drum up sympathy for residents of the notorious camp.
The site in Kent has been at the centre of public controversy for months with members of the public sickened by reports of sexual harassment, knife frenzies, and the assault of a British police officer.
In December it was reported that an Eritrean asylum seeker at the camp grabbed a knife and terrified staff.
But now former residents are complaining about their lot, despite reports that the dwellings include access to Playstation video games and was set to feature a state-of-the-art gym funded by hard working British taxpayers.
One migrant claims that they were “treated like criminals and we don’t know what we’ve done to deserve that”, seemingly unaware of the fact that a whopping 8,417 migrants reached the UK illegally by small boat last year.
The comments follow moves last week to challenge the lodgings in court, with six migrants now being granted a full trial to show how the barracks – which were fit for brave British soldiers – violates their so-called human rights.
Immigration minister Chris Philp hit back at government critics who claimed the camp wasn’t fit for purpose, saying that “the barrack accommodation units in question were previously used by the brave men and women of our armed services. They were good enough for the armed services and they are certainly more than good enough for people who have arrived in this country seeking asylum. We fully comply with all the relevant guidelines.”
Napier Barracks hit headlines in January when absurd protests at the camp, in violation of coronavirus regulations, led to an outbreak of the deadly virus – which was then used by left-wing groups as a pretense to move the migrants into plusher accommodation.
100 migrants were ferried out of the camp to local hotels after the outbreak, leaving those left behind to go wild. The camp later caught on fire, in an incident that local bobbies are now investigating as arson.
Home Secretary Priti Patel hit out strongly at the scenes, saying that they were “not only appalling but deeply offensive to the taxpayers of this country who are providing this accommodation while asylum claims are being processed.”