Outcry over teens’ humiliation by police as France braces for more protests

PARIS: Photos of dozens of high-school pupils kneeling with their fingers behind their heads throughout mass round-ups sparked an outcry Friday as France braces for extra violence at “yellow vest” protests this weekend.

Leftwing politicians have expressed outrage on the movies, which have gone viral on social media, displaying the youngsters kneeling as riot police barked orders at them.

“No matter incorrect was achieved, nothing justifies this filmed humiliation of minors,” Socialist chief Olivier Faure tweeted.

“There is no such thing as a have to pour much more oil on the flames.”

The scholars had been detained Thursday within the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, in unrest that has unfold to dozens of colleges throughout three weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

A complete of 146 individuals had been arrested exterior the city’s Saint-Exupery highschool after protesters clashed with police and burned two automobiles.

Laurent Saint-Martin, a senior member of the ruling Republic On The Transfer (LREM) occasion, stated round 40 of the scholars had been masked and carrying gear for use in vandalism and arson.

However he too described the movies as “stunning”, telling Franceinfo radio: “It’s proper to be offended, taking a look at these photographs.”

Protests at some 280 faculties in opposition to stricter college entrance necessities have added to a way of normal revolt in France because the “yellow vest” protests rumble on.

Dozens of individuals sporting face masks threw Molotov cocktails, torched garbage bins and clashed with police exterior faculties in a number of cities Thursday.

The “yellow vest” protests, named after the security jackets worn by demonstrators, got here to a head in Paris final weekend with the worst rioting the capital has seen in many years.

The protests started on November 17 in opposition to rising gasoline taxes, however have since swollen right into a broad motion in opposition to Emmanuel Macron and the most important problem of his presidency.

The protesters are livid at rising prices of dwelling blamed on excessive taxes, and accuse former funding banker Macron of favouring the wealthy along with his insurance policies.

Hailing principally from rural and small-town France, they are saying Macron is out of contact with extraordinary individuals. Many are calling on him to resign.

Farmers have additionally referred to as for demonstrations each day subsequent week, whereas two truck driver unions plan an indefinite sympathy strike from Sunday evening.

4 individuals have died in accidents through the “yellow vest” protests and political leaders from throughout the spectrum have appealed for calm.

However many “yellow vests” are urging contemporary protests this weekend, saying a string of presidency concessions are usually not sufficient.

An inside ministry official advised AFP that authorities had been bracing for “vital violence” Saturday, primarily based on indications that protesters on each the far proper and much left are planning to converge on Paris.

The Eiffel Tower and scores of retailers on the Champs-Elysees will likely be closed Saturday as a precaution, as will main museums together with the Louvre.

The closures are more likely to price 1000’s of euros in misplaced revenues as customers keep clear for a second consecutive weekend within the run-up to Christmas, following scenes of burning barricades and automobiles final Saturday.

Six Ligue 1 soccer video games, one involving Paris Saint-Germain, have been postponed.

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