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Police clash with residents in Paris suburbs amid lockdown

Police and youths have been clashing in low-income Paris suburbs wherever residents claim that officers currently have used heavy-handed measures to impose France’s strict lockdown amid typically the coronavirus pandemic.

The rioters set vehicles racing and shot fireworks at officers, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas in the suburbs of Villeneuve-la-Garenne and Aulnay-sous-Bois, witnesses and police told Agence France-Presse on Monday.

The tensions were ignited early Saturday when a motorcyclist was injured in a police checkpoint in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, where about 50 angry bystanders gathered after the incident.

Police said the group targeted officers with “projectiles” in a nearly two-hour standoff.

The 30-year-old motorcyclist suffered a broken leg and had to undergo surgery after he crashed into the open door of a police car, based on AFP.

Residents have accused police of deliberately opening the entranceway so the rider would crash in it.

The man will file a complaint against the cops, his family and a lawyer told AFP, while prosecutors have launched an investigation.

Police on Monday launched tear gas and used batons against residents in Villeneuve-la-Garenne as fireworks exploded in the street, the Daily Mail reported.

The mayhem also spread to nearby Aulnay-sous-Bois, where officers said they were “ambushed” by residents in a district comprised mostly of immigrants who claim they are regularly subjected to harsh police treatment.

Police said these were targeted by people using fireworks as projectiles and arrested four residents.

Rights class SOS Racisme has issued a new statement asking authorities to get rid of full light on the occurrence with the biker, and recommending police restraint “in this time of confinement and tensions.”

Prosecutors launched an investigation earlier in may directly into the death in detention of your man arrested for allegedly breaking the home confinement measures.

Police said the 33-year-old male, who his sister said sustained from schizophrenia, resisted arrest.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said police had transported out 13. 5 million inspections since the lockdown started with March 17. More than 800, 000 people were written available violations.


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