Police violence in France

Scenes of police violence in Paris.

The police do not appear to be making an attempt to make an arrest. At least one of the people is repeatedly struck even though he is clearly doing nothing other than defending himself.

The end of the film has the person filming it being threatened as he tries to say that he is a journalist and offers to show a media card.

The text on the YouTube page explains that the protestors have broken into the Burger bar (allegedly to take refuge). But – that does not/should not justify a police beating. In the EU where we follow “the rule of law” (ha ha ha) in theory police beatings are not permitted.

I think we can safely assume that there will be no cries of outrage from the Western capitals e.g. London and Bonn. But imagine that this was Kiev before the coup – or Moscow. The Guardian at least would have a field-day.

Author: justinwyllie

EFL Teacher and Photographer