3rd night of violence in Paris suburb over teen’s death in traffic accident (VIDEO)
Social media reports say the protest took place in the Massy commune, some 14km from central Paris. It was triggered by the death of a 17-year-old man identified by French media as Curtis on Friday. The teen, a local from Massy, was driving a quad bike without a helmet in the neighboring Antony commune. When spotted by Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC) officers, the driver reportedly tried to flee.
However, he crashed into a bus at “very high speed,” Catherine Denis, a local prosecutor said in a statement. The young man was taken to hospital in a serious condition, but later died of his injuries, she added.
In the wake of the accident, several dozen young people who blame the police for the teenager’s death took to the streets on Friday night to protest and clashes ensued.
Protesters threw stones at a police car, French media reported after the first night of violence, adding that the protesters broke windows and set garbage cans on fire. They also damaged some street furniture and a bus stop. At least two people were arrested, according to AFP.
Similar protest took place on Saturday. According to videos on social media, protesters threw firecrackers and overturned trash bins.