An Encounter With The Border Police
I was standing just at the border of Belgium to France at a <a href=‘http://bit.ly/ibFi9V’>super sweet spot</a>. Cars only drive 10 km/h and the highway becomes a one lane road, so it is super good for drivers to pull over. At first I was a bit scared about hitchhiking there because the police was stopping and controlling cars, but I just held up my Calais sign and they didnt complain or said anything. In addition I thought that maybe people won’t pick me up because they were afraid of getting into trouble by picking me up.
But in the end I only waited about 10 minutes. A guy from manchester who drove a transporter picked me up. He saw me, pulled over within a second and yelled at me: “HEY! You wanna go to Calais!” “Yes!” I shouted back “C'mon jump in!”
Unfortunately I don’t remember his name, but he was a really kind guy between 30 and 40 years and he drove down to Manchester via the tunnel so he could drop me in London. The Eurotunnel takes about 35 minutes and is surely the fastest possibility. Fastest if there weren’t the English men controlling the border.
In the picture above you can see them controlling the Van. They went inside it and searched it upside down. They even took a warmth sensor to check for illegal immigrants hiding in cardboard boxes. Not only did they search the van but they also interrogated and treated us as if we were criminals!
They started shouting at me “Where do you come from! Where did you guys meet! What are you doing in the UK? Where are you staying? What is the streets name of the girl where you are staying at? How long are you staying in England?…”
My driver didn’t get away so much better. They made a question and answer game with me and him to see if things fit together. He got terribly angry at them and shouted back at them while approaching the people interrogating me “Don’t you treat him like a criminal! You have no right to to that.” “Step back! I didn’t ask you to come here! I am just doing my job!” “You don’t need to be such a prick to do your job do you?” my driver yelled while stepping back a bit.
A big sign just in front of the van says: “If you obstruct an officer you can be sentenced to up to 2 years of prison”
The officer took me into a separate room where he searched the whole bag for illegal things, he didn’t find anything, anything but a condom which he showed me in front of my face and mumbled embarrassing voice “ahaaa! you’re looking for a good time, huh?” This was the perfect time for a counter like “Hell yeah! A time that you will never experience”, but I just didn’t which I soon regretted so much.
Hell! I am a German citizen. I don’t need to acquiesce that. I didn’t do anything wrong! I can stay in the UK as long as I want and he does not have the right to intimidate me with threads like prison for obstructing a stupid question!
Empowering people to do such things is a horrible thing and especially in England <a href=‘http://online.wsj.com/video/uk-police-brutality-caught-on-tape/39D38D7A-803C-4204-A437-50E9D5FB7FAE.html?mod=googlewsj’>things</a> <a href=‘http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/video-g20-police-assault’>are</a> <a href=‘http://www.hmpbritain.co.uk/statistics-uk-police-taser-use-on-children/’>very</a> <a href=‘http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4711021.stm’>bad</a> <a href=‘http://www.eatliver.com/img/2007/2622.jpg’>concerning police brutality</a>.
When I came back to the van, they put a fine against my driver because he had too much cigarette packages with him. So that was what it was all about. Cigarettes. They say that these are security measures. But they are not, they are just measures to make more money and increase the discontent among the population.
In the end it took us 3 hours instead of 35 minutes to cross the border with the train. I arrived at 10:30 p.m in London (English time) which was still quite good concidering that I left in Düsseldorf around 9.