Young rioters are flocking the streets of Paris after 4 police officers are suspected of assaulting and raping a youth. Already for 4 nights there have been clashes between the police and young people.
A dozen people were arrested for the fourth consecutive night during clashes that were registered between the police and young rioters in a suburb of Paris. The clashes broke out after 4 police officers were suspended following the suspicion that they utilized excessive force that included an alleged rape while arresting a 22-year-old young person.
According to eye-witnesses, a dozen vehicles were burned while young rioters threw Molotov cocktails at the police officers. In addition, a bus driver required medical attention after the bus he was driving was hit by a Molotov cocktail. The neighborhoods where there were clashes have a high level of unemployment and lots of immigrants.
“Unfortunately, these neighborhoods have become ghettos,” a police representative stated, adding that the security forces were not trained properly to deal with this kind of situation. In response to the riots, the police utilized tear gas.
These clashes are taking place in the background of instability in France, where the far right leader Marine Le Pen is leading in the race to replace President Francois Hollande this upcoming May. Meanwhile, President Hollande visited the young person who was attacked in the hospital where he remains.