Here are some shocking images about how protesters are treated in France by the police.
(I translated the video on my own, sorry for the possible mistakes)
[The unbelievable images of the arrest of 150 students of the Saint-Exupery High School by the police.
This video was put online on Thursday, December 6th (2018). We can see about 150 young people arrested by the police for “participation to an armed gathering” after violent events near the Saint-Exupery High School in Mantes-la-Jolie (near Paris) where two cars were burned. The youngest is believed to be 12 years old. Interviewed by the AFP (press agency), the police chief assures that this action was meant to “interrupt a process out of control”. – a voice, probably a policeman, says “here is a well-behaved class”. Another says “we’re going to show this to their teachers. I don’t think they’ve ever seen something like this.” A last one reprimands the students by saying “don’t turn, look straight ahead”.]
These. Are. Kids. And they’re being treated like criminals from a prison or war zone. This isn’t right. Also, a quick reminder : these are not the same people that burnt down the Champs-Elysées. The “gilets jaunes” movement woke up a lot of people that are protesting accross all France against social and economical inequalities. The students are protesting against a college reform that prevents them from a having a second chance and makes it harder for disadvantaged students to go to college.
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And this is the video of a gilet jaune (people protesting against a new tax on oil because they are already struggling a lot economically) getting beaten up by 8 COPS, even if he is alone, clearly unarmed and just protecting himself.
Also, an 80 years old woman died in Marseille (France), she was closing the shutters of her flat to avoid the tear gas diffused by the police against the protesters in her street. But as she was closing them, a grenade hit her in the face, she had to go to the hospital to be operated and she died of the operation. Even if she didn’t died directly because of the grenade, she was killed because of police violence.