Tear gas, arrests in Paris as students protest alleged rape of detainee by police (VIDEO)
Police have deployed tear gas during protests against police brutality in Paris, French media and Ruptly reported. Residents, mostly students, have taken to the streets of French capital to denounce the alleged rape of a black man by police.
Hundreds of students have taken to the streets for the demonstration, LCI TV reports.
Up to 16 high schools in Paris were totally blocked by protesters, while 12 others were partially blocked. The protest is trending under the hashtag #BLOCUSPOURTHÉO (Bloc for Theo).
Les policiers essuient des jets de pierre Et répliquent avec des gaz lacrymogènes. #Nation#Theopic.twitter.com/ElwUaTdnIx— Maxime Fayolle (@MaxFayolle) February 23, 2017
“Everyone hates police,” the protesters were heard shouting, according to BFM TV.
"Vengeance for Theo," one of the banners read.
#justicepourtheo je ne vois par le rapport entre justice et vengeance .en fait ils s'en foutent de la justice ,ils veulent la guerre pic.twitter.com/20pbZz1lws— schtroumpf grognon (@belzebuth6666) February 23, 2017
Tear gas was reportedly deployed in Place de La Nation in the heart of the French capital, a regular venue for protests.
Ruptly’s live feed showed police detaining several protesters and escorting them away in handcuffs.
At least 11 demonstrators have been arrested, French media reported.
Among the schools blocked Thursday morning were Dorian Claude Bernard and Maurice Ravel lycées, LCI said.
The demonstration was called by Independent Counter-Struggle Movement (MILI) on Facebook.
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“The climate in France is becoming more and more worrying. A great mobilization of youth is more than necessary to counter the security and racist climate,” the group said.
Garbage had been piled up in front of the entrance of several Parisian schools overnight, AFP reported, adding that some were set on fire during the protest.
Caillassage contre gaz lacrymogène place de la nation #maniflyceens#justicepourtheopic.twitter.com/wsIJ1Qsrnn— Eric Kuoch (@Ekuoch) February 23, 2017
The rally had not been sanctioned the city authorities, according to BFM TV.
“The Police prefecture hasn’t received any declaration for this demonstration set for tomorrow [February 23],” police said in a statement on Wednesday, “Don’t react to calls for protest or block the lycees.”
🔴 DIRECT #BlocusPourTheo Hashtag lancé. Des lycéens jettent des projectiles, la police réplique avec du gaz lacrymogène (📸@RemyBuisine) pic.twitter.com/v477tiuhZN— info360 (@info360fr) February 23, 2017
The president of Ile-de-France region, Valerie Pecresse has condemned “the blockades” and asked the government to secure the areas near high schools.
Je condamne les blocages de lycées à Paris. Je demande au gouvernement de sécuriser leurs abords, de protéger lycéens, enseignants et agents— Valérie Pécresse (@vpecresse) February 23, 2017
Protests over police brutality have been sweeping France since early February, when allegations emerged that police officers had assaulted and raped a 22-year-old black man with a baton during what was said to be a routine ID check in Aulnay-sous-Bois.
Des centaines de lycéens à Nation pour protester contre les violences policières pic.twitter.com/EhbIkfnwK1— Chloé Marriault (@Chloe_Pmr) February 23, 2017
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“Theo,” a local youth worker whose full name has not yet been released, ended up spending two weeks in the hospital as a result of the assault. Numerous demonstrations have been held, calling for “Justice for Theo.”
#BlocuspourThéo au lycée Charlemagne 4e Paris certains sont là depuis 5h30 les deux entrées de l'établissement bloquées par les poubelles pic.twitter.com/cPBdut1ZYV— Aurélie Sarrot (@aureliesarrot) February 23, 2017
#BlocusPourTheo au lycée Claude Bernard contre les violences d'Etat. pic.twitter.com/AcvRQrgfqd— Mili (@mili__paris) February 23, 2017
#BlocusPourTheo - Plusieurs blocages dans des lycées à Paris. Intervention police Lycee Voltaire (11eme). Jets de projectiles et lacrymo. pic.twitter.com/ocIWfpF1pF— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) February 23, 2017