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Eleven nights of rioting over alleged police rape of young man in

first_img By Daragh Brophy Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:11 AM protest against police brutality in Paris, demonstrators tear gassed pic.twitter.com/irKQvxWw8r— Amar Toor (@amartoo) February 15, 2017 Short URL 2 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3242429 Source: Amar Toor/Twitter Feb 16th 2017, 9:11 AM center_img 14,110 Views RIOTS SPILLED FROM the suburbs of Paris into the city centre last night, as hundreds gathered to demand justice for a 22-year-old black man who says he was raped with a police officer’s baton.Euronews reports that youths set rubbish bins on fire and threw missiles at police. A metro station was also closed for a time before calm was restored later in the night.The alleged rape of the young man with a police baton has sparked eleven nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.French President Francois Hollande earlier this week called for “justice” over the alleged rape.“Justice must be served,” Hollande said during a visit to Aubervilliers, located in the Seine-Saint-Denis region northeast of Paris where a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, was assaulted on 2 February.But Hollande also condemned the ensuing riots. Protesters in Paris last night. Source: Thibault CamusThe injuries sustained by Theo during a stop-and-search operation in the suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois have sparked clashes with police and arson attacks across the impoverished, ethnically-mixed housing estates that ring the French capital.Theo suffered severe anal injuries requiring hospital treatment during his arrest by four officers, one of whom allegedly sodomised him with a truncheon.One officer has been charged with rape and the three others with assault. All four have been suspended from the force.On Tuesday, a separate investigation was launched into claims that one of the four officers beat up another black youth in Aulnay-sous-Bois on 26 January.The youth, also aged 22 who gave his name as Mohamed K, told L’Obs news weekly that he had been punched, kicked and beaten with a baton. Pictures published by the paper showed severe swelling and bruises to his face. Eleven nights of rioting over alleged police rape of young man in Paris Hundreds gathered to demand justice for a 22-year-old black man who says he was raped with an officer’s baton. Source: Thibault CamusHollande said France was determined to “show that we are capable of living together in a peaceful society, but where respect is the rule and where we must be firm towards those who diverge from this principle”.Separately, leading French artists launched an appeal calling for far-reaching reforms of the police to prevent similar episodes of alleged brutality.The call, published in Wednesday’s edition of the leftwing daily Liberation, urged the use of cameras on police uniforms, the reintroduction of neighbourhood policing and an overhaul of training policy.The nationally-known signatories included movie director Nils Tavernier, singer Patrick Bruel, actresses Josiane Balasko and Mathilda May, and Olivier Py, director of the Avignon arts festival.‘Fuel to the fire’ With presidential elections in April and May, the alleged assault, which follows the death of a young black man in police custody in another Paris suburb last year, has become a campaign issue.Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Monday launched a petition “to support the police” after blaming “laxism in French society” for the problems of the restive suburbs.The head of the anti-immigration National Front party called for a “major tightening of the screws” to boost police capabilities.Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon lashed Le Pen, saying she was “adding fuel to the fire”.“She encourages violence through her hateful rhetoric,” Hamon said.On Monday, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux made an appeal for “responsibility, calm (and) faith in the justice system”.Hollande, who visited Theo in hospital last week, decided not to seek re-election.The leftist Hamon, who won the Socialist nomination, is given little chance of getting past the first round on 23 April.The latest voter surveys show Le Pen with 27% support for the first round – more than any other candidate – although she is currently not expected to triumph in the 7 May runoff vote.© – AFP 2017 with reporting by Daragh Brophy. Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Second woman arrested in Malaysia over North Korea assassination >Read: Ireland’s corporate watchdog is suffering from a chronic staff shortage > Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

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