Tens of thousands joined a protest “against police violence” in several French cities on Saturday, including in Paris, where three police officers were slightly injured in an attack on their car, AFP reported.
According to the French Interior Ministry, around 31,300 people (including 9,000 in Paris) participated in the protests across the country. And according to the trade union General Confederation of Labor and the radical left “Disobedient France” – about 80,000 people, including 15,000 in Paris.
About a hundred trade unions, political organizations and other groups called for this demonstration, which was also supported by 150 filmmakers.
In the capital, after a peaceful start, a procession of hundreds of hooded individuals broke the windows of bank branches and threw stones at a police car. According to the police prefecture, the car, which was stuck in a traffic jam, was attacked “with iron rods”. One of the officers briefly got out of the vehicle with a gun in hand to keep the demonstrators at bay, according to several videos posted on social media, the authenticity of which was confirmed by a police source.
Other police officers who arrived to help ended the attack.
Three of the four police officers in the car were slightly injured, Police Chief Laurent Nunes told the media. “We are currently working to try to identify the perpetrators of this attack. We now have three people believed to be involved in these actions who have been arrested,” he added.
According to a report released later in the evening by the Ministry of the Interior, a total of six people were arrested across France.
Source: Asen Georgiev/BTA