Paris Riots Spread
For the second week in a row, Paris has been on fire from riots, clashes between violent mobs and police. The riots have reached the city center…as police are even seen fleeing. What prompted it?
According to the Express UK,
“…a man identified only as Theo was beaten up and allegedly raped.
The youth worker said he was sodomised by police with a truncheon, as well as being racially abused, spat at and beaten around his genitals.”
“Theo,” reportedly a black youth worker from Africa, was sent to the hospital after the incident on Feb 2 to undergo emergency surgery. One police officer was arrested for rape, 3 others charged with assault. But that hasn’t stopped the mob violence, even though both the victim and the President of France have pleaded for calm.
The situation was horrifying, certainly. But destroying an entire country over one crime? Shouts of “allahu akbar” and a mix of other shouting has been heard across France as cars are torched, windows smashed, businesses looted.
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) February 16, 2017
— ARnews 1936 (@ARnews1936) February 16, 2017
“Hundreds of violent thugs took to the streets on Wednesday night near the Barbes Metro station, close to the major transport hub Gare du Nord. Windows were smashed, shops looted, fires lit, main roads blocked, and police cars targeted during the disturbance.
According to Le Figaro, the destruction is getting worse. At the beginning of the week, on the nights of the 12th and 13th, 32 vehicles were burnt out. On the 14th and 15th, some 47 cars were destroyed by fire as well as 59 bins.
Police appeared to have completely lost control at times, with unverified videos surfacing on Twitter of officers being chased out of certain neighbourhoods by rioters.”
The riots have been increasing in intensity for two weeks and have spread all over France.
— Hector Morenco (@hectormorenco) February 16, 2017
Police teargas masked protesters in Paris suburb as anti-cop riots continue. https://t.co/M7HwHHFfBs
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) February 16, 2017
— Sister Michele (@Sister_Michele) February 7, 2017
— Ant’z Nganyelke Athi (@Antz_nirvanadad) February 7, 2017
Notice in this photo from Feb 7 that the protesters already have their t-shirts made up.
— Teleame | News (@TeleameNews) February 7, 2017
Featured photo via Twitter