GRAPHIC footage from France’s Rouen shows levels of police violence that enraged protesters nationwide (VIDEOS)
Eyewitness footage from the scene shows riot police engaging with demonstrators in ever-increasingly aggressive encounters, ranging from pushing and shoving, to tear gassing, before eventually the police begin swinging batons at the unarmed protesters.
Un autre angle de la charge des forces de l'ordre à #Rouen. Coups de matraques et gazage en règle. Les manifestants tentent de tenir. Plusieurs blessés. #greve9janvier#reformedesretraitespic.twitter.com/fUdiirfDAe— Rouen dans la rue (@Rouendanslarue) January 9, 2020
The altercation took place at the corner of rue Jeanne d'Arc and rue du Gros-Horloge in the city center at around noon local time.
One man was filmed with blood streaming down his face after the encounter. The bloodied 61-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics and firefighters, before being transferred to Rouen University Hospital.
Un manifestant de 61 ans a été blessé à la tête. Il a reçu des coups de matraque des forces de l’ordre. Il a été pris en charge par les street medocs et les pompiers.📸 Stéphane L’hote / France 3 Normandie #greve9janvier#rouen#reformeretraitepic.twitter.com/4WWENzCP6g— France 3 Normandie (@f3htenormandie) January 9, 2020
There was at least one arrest as a result of the scuffles, and several people were reportedly injured.
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