Rioters Set Paris Ablaze Over Ban On Islamic Veil

Rioters set Paris ablaze over ban on Islamic veil (Independent, July 21, 2013):

Twenty cars were burned and four people arrested early today in a second night of violence in a Paris suburb after allegedly heavy-handed police action to enforce France’s ban on the full-face Islamic veil.

Riot police were on patrol in the same suburb west of Paris this afternoon when a fire broke out in a disused furniture warehouse, but it was not immediately clear whether this had been started deliberately. Six young people were arrested in the suburb of Trappes on Friday night when 200 rioters besieged a local police station to protest against police violence. A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls appealed for calm. Community leaders said that the riots were a response to the frequent violence and insulting language used by police, rather than a protest against the two-year-old law banning burkas or other full-face coverings.

On the second night of protest about 50 young people burned cars and threw Molotov cocktails at riot police. Both sides agree the protests began when a three-man police patrol stopped a young woman wearing  a face veil on Friday night. The woman’s mother and husband became  involved in an argument with the officers.

Police say the older woman rammed one officer with a pushchair, and her husband punched another and then tried to throttle him.

According to the other woman, named as Cassandra B, 20, the officers pushed her mother and then grabbed her by the veil and pushed her over the bonnet of a car. Trappes was the childhood home of the former Arsenal and France footballer Nicolas Anelka and the actor and comedian Jamel Debbouze.

Local people and community leaders said that the protests followed persistent identity checks, insults and violent behaviour by police towards young people of North African origin.

“Do you think this started with just one arrest which went bad?” a 30-year-old man said to Le Monde. “It’s the whole atmosphere of Trappes which makes us want to revolt.”

2 thoughts on “Rioters Set Paris Ablaze Over Ban On Islamic Veil

  1. What has happened to France? It used to be the most open and liberal of all free nations. I guess the stupid bombing by these radical Islam idiots is going to make it rough for all the others who are not involved.
    It always seems to work that way. The few bad apples make it horrible for the rest of the crop. The problem France and England have is that Muslims make up better than 50% of the European population.
    They started moving there in the 1970s, the Iran revolution was one reason, then the 8 year long Iran/Iraq proxy war caused many more to go to the UK and other open places in Europe. There are many who have lived there for 40+ years at this point. They were not radicals, they wanted a safe place to live and raise their children.
    Then, the radicals started in everywhere.
    I am sorry to see this happen, this is another wedge issue to drive bigger divides within the people, it fixes nothing.

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