25+ French Cities And Towns Erupt In Riots
Shocking footage of a police station on fire as tensions rise over lockdown. The video comes after footage posted on social media yesterday showed protesters in Villeneuve-la-Garenne hurling fireworks, and the police appear to respond with tear gas and baton charges.
— Damien Rieu (@DamienRieu) April 20, 2020
Un policier à Strasbourg :
❝ Le premier qui lance des cocktail Molotov se prend une balle ❞ 😱#VilleuneuveLaGarenne #Strasbourg #Aulnay #nanterre #Paris #Police #Vidéo #Quartier #Emeute #France #coronavirus #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/7OJd7qldH4
— 🌐 Mr Martin (@mrmartin44) April 21, 2020
Areas in at least 25 cities and departments in France erupted into rioting on Monday night, including attacks on police and attempts to burn down a police station in Strasbourg.
Some of the incidents are believed to have been sparked by a Saturday night motorcycle accident in the Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne which also involved the local police.
The 30-year-old motorcycle rider was seriously injured after an unmarked police vehicle opened its door at a red light, which the motorcyclist struck and then ended up hitting a nearby pole. He was taken to hospital with a fractured leg and a fractured femur.
Several other Paris suburbs also saw violence and rioting including the notorious no-go area of Seine-Saint-Denis which saw garbage cans lit on fire in both Aulnay-sous-Bois and Saint-Denis.
Several areas also reported attacks on police directly in Asnières, Nanterre, Meudon, Clamart, and Gennevilliers.
The department of Yvelines, which has seen nearly daily attacks on the police for the past two weeks, reported officers attacked in the city of Noé by a group of around 20 individuals who launched projectiles and fireworks at them. More