Police fearful as riots in French cities continue

 
Police fearful as riots in French cities continue
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The riots in French cities continue after a 22-year-old man was grossly abused by the police last week. Police now fear that the next will be that someone shoots at the police to kill, reports NRK.

On Tuesday night, immigrant youths set 14 cars ablaze. The cars belonged to a Citroen dealership in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

A surveillance video shows a group of masked young men who use cans of gasoline to set the cars on fire.

Among the cars was a van for wheelchair users. Three additional vehicles were also subjected to vandalism.

The cars were completely burnt out and the owner of the car company says that the damage is more than 200,000 euros.

Raped with truncheon

The vandalism against the innocent car dealer is only part of a larger unrest, protests and riots which has been happening in several French cities and suburbs in recent days.

The background for the unrest is a young man who was arrested by police in Aulnay-sous-Bois last Thursday.

The 22-year-old, who is only identified as "Theo," allegedly was raped anally with a truncheon when he was stopped by police during a identity control.

He was also beaten and was taken to hospital with serious head and anal injuries.

A video that allegedly shows the incident has shocked France after it was shared online.

On Sunday a police officer was charged with rape, and three others accused of attacking Theo physically.

For four nights in a row there have been unrest, riots and attacks on police, especially in Aulnay-sous-Bois and other immigrant dense suburbs around Paris.

Police are attacked with Molotov cocktails and pelted with petanque balls, heavy steel balls used in France's national game.

In two cases, police had to shoot in the air to escape attacks by gangs.

Currently, the riots have not spread as much as in 2005, when 8,500 cars were burned, 100 public buildings vandalized, around 2,800 people arrested and 600 jailed, when the riots lasted for over three weeks.

But police fear it could become even worse.

Secretary General of the Police Union, Yves Levebvre, says he fears that the next will be that someone shoots at police to kill.

And that could result in something very ugly.

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