France: New riots


I could not find this on English language news sites.


Riots broke out between police and several dozens youth in Vitry-le-François in the north of France Saturday night. There were nine injured - two firemen, two police agents and five civilians. Sixty cars were set aflame.

Fire department and police vehicles were attacked. The rioters were armed with baseball clubs and threw Molotov cocktails.

The reason for the riots was the death of a youth in his 20s at about 11:30pm Saturday night. The youth was shot dead, a suspect was later arrested.

The police managed to restore order by Sunday morning.

Sources: Nieuwsblad (Dutch), Sydsvenskan (Swedish)


Apparently the riots started when a youth (22) was murdered. Other youths in the neighborhood mobilized to find the killer and take revenge. The police arrested/rescued the shooter (23) at about 1:20 AM, but the riots continues.

A silent vigil was held Sunday afternoon in memory of the murdered man. His mother, weeping and carrying a photograph of her son led about 300 people, residents and relatives.

Some of the participants recited prayers, palms stretched upwards.

Ayet Yaya (23), a close relative, said that the victim was going to marry this year. He leaves a mother, and younger brother and sister.

Sources: Le Parisien, Romandie, AFP (French)

Update 2:

According to the murder suspect the shooting was drug related. He had a dispute regarding several thousand euros with the gang to whom the victim, Mohammed, belonged. Since he felt threatened, the suspect, a former soldier, showed up to this meeting with a rifle. After the murder he hid by his parents, then at another apartment, before finally going to the police.

The rioters who were looking for him, took out their anger at anything that stood in their path, including cars, a railway station and a housing office.

The family rejects the idea that Mohammed was involved in gangs or drug trafficking. According to them, he had tried to separate two people fighting when he was shot.

The family has called for calm.

Source: Le Figaro, Le Monde (French)


Anonymous said...

News24 has the story:

Lille - Dozens of French youths clashed with police in a town in northeast France overnight, burning cars during a rampage triggered by the killing of a 22-year-old man, an official said on Sunday.

Two police officers, two firefighters and five residents suffered minor injuries during the violence that raged until Sunday morning in Vitry-le-Francois, said Sylvaine Astic from the regional prefect's office.

Armed with baseball bats and firebombs, about 50 youths went on a rampage, torching cars and setting fire to garbage bins in the town of 17 000 people, Astic told AFP.

The violence started around 22:00 (20:00 GMT) after the 22-year-old man was gunned down in Vitry-le-Francois. A suspect was arrested overnight.

About 60 police officers were dispatched to the town late on Saturday and remained in Vitry-le-Francois on Sunday.

A police union issued a statement denouncing what it termed as "hysteria" in relations between French youth and police.

"This started out as a murderous settling of scores," said Nicolas Comte of the SGP-FO police union.

"But quickly this tragic event prompted a violent group to attack police with baseball bats and molotov cocktails as young bystanders watched passively, like spectators to the 'riot show'," said Comte.


News24: French youths clash with police

Anonymous said...

French youths---

hahaha... again with that word.

Anonymous said...

What i want to know is if they burn the cars/facilities/buildings... etc of non-muslims? or they just do it randomly?.

Anonymous said...

Great way to mourn your dead friend, going out and smashing up and burning the neighbourhood and violently assaulting people. These people are just the epitome of intelligence and civilization. They certainly deserve to keep their place in French society.

If you couldn't tell, I'm being sarcastic. Round up all the protesters, lock them up or ship them out.

Anonymous said...

If you couldn't tell, I'm being sarcastic. Round up all the protesters, lock them up or ship them out.--

nah, let them stay, actually they should import more people like them... it just makes the process a lot faster. plus i hate the french, and no, i'm not american.

Anonymous said...

No you definitely are not an American. You're a neo nazi who invites in people who believe in flogging women, cutting off hands and killing apostates. And whose fuhrer is Muhammad/allah.