Update: 77 police officers hurt in Paris riots; “genuine urban guerillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons” among rioters
by Angela Charlton for the Associated Press:
VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France – Rampaging youths rioted for a second night in Paris’ suburbs, firing at officers and ramming burning cars into buildings. At least 77 officers were injured, a senior police union official said Tuesday.
The overnight violence was more intense than during three weeks of rioting in 2005, said the official, Patrice Ribeiro. He said that “genuine urban guerillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons” were among the rioters.
Rioting first erupted in Villiers-le-Bel on Sunday night. It grew worse and spread Monday night to other towns north of Paris. Rioters hurled stones and petrol bombs at police, authorities said.
The use of firearms added a dangerous new dimension. Firearms are widespread in France, and police generally carry guns.
Guns, though, were rarely used in the 2005 riots that spread to poor housing projects nationwide.
Police are facing “a situation that is far worse than that of 2005,” said Ribeiro, national secretary of the Synergie officers union.
“Our colleagues will not allow themselves to be fired upon indefinitely without responding,” he warned on RTL radio. “They will be placed in situations which will become untenable.”
* The time for retaliation is NOW….
* Sure. The police are told ‘not to do anything rash’- and to avoid confrontation with the adherents of the religion of peace, but how much longer until the shit hits the fan?
By Brian Rohan
VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France (Reuters) – At least 40 French police were hurt late on Monday in running battles with scores of rioters in a suburb north of Paris where two youths died after a crash involving a police car.
During a second night of disturbances in Villiers-le-Bel and nearby areas, a local government official said one policeman was shot in the shoulder by some kind of firearm but was only slightly wounded.
A garbage truck and a police vehicle were among at least 36 vehicles torched late at night in the Val d’Oise area that includes Villiers and nearby districts also hit by the unrest, police and local officials said.
A Reuters witness said police were pelted with stones, petrol bombs and large firecrackers that exploded over their heads during hours of cat-and-mouse skirmishes with rioters.
Police replied with tear gas, rubber bullets and paint guns designed to identify troublemakers. Spent cartridges and rocks thrown by rioters littered the streets.
Injured officers were given treatment in a local fire station used by police as a base. One, his face bloodied, had his arm in a sling. Officials said 40 officers were slightly hurt, though three officers needed hospital treatment.
Local mayor Didier Vaillant, who had earlier called for calm, said airguns had been fired at police. “It looks like it’s going to be a long night,” he said.
The violence revived memories of the 2005 riots in France’s poor, often ethnically diverse, housing estates.
* Another bleeding heart bullshit report from the politcally correct red brigades of Al Reuters…
In that unrest thousands of cars were torched after two teenagers were accidentally electrocuted when they climbed into a power sub-station while apparently fleeing police.
Extra police had been drafted into Villiers-le-Bel on Monday in case of a repeat of disturbances on Sunday, sparked by the deaths of two youths whose moped collided with a police car.
Officials said 28 cars and five buildings were set ablaze, including a police station, in violence that injured 26 police and fire officers. Nine people were arrested on Sunday.
Twenty-five policemen injured, dozens of cars burned, shops destroyed, individuals assaulted. Blind with rage, the rampaging mob found time to steal before smashing and burning. For the brother of Mushin, one of the victims, “it’s not violence, it’s an expression of rage.”
Journalists are unwelcome, often assaulted, but they are getting the story out.
According to concurrent reports, the rage broke out immediately. The police claim the motorcycle ran into their patrol car at an intersection; the enraged know betterâ€”the police car in hot pursuit of the innocent boys, Moushin and Larami, smashed into their motorcycle. Moushin’s uncle was outraged because the bodies were left lying in the fire station. But it seems that the forces that came to pick them up had to turn back because they were attacked. The boys had gone out to do a little bit of rodeo, a favorite sport in the banlieue projects. Le Parisien posted You Tube videos filmed by reckless kids.
Reckless, yes, but when they get wrecked it’s the fault of the police, the Peugeot dealership, and McDonald’s.
The euphemism for these enclaves â€” “quartier sensible”â€”bears a nugget of truth if correctly translated as “touchy neighborhoods.” Villiers le Bel is in the administrative district of Sarcelles / Garges-les-Gonesses about 20 km north of Paris. Not so long ago Sarcelles was the home sweet home of Jewish refugees from North Africa; today it is their nightmare. They endure constant attacks and harassment from the permanently enraged African-Arab-Muslim residents who live cheek by jowl with their still neat clean streets.
Muhammedan agit-prop and Islamo-supremacist shyster Yusuf Irfan (no, we won’t link to his blog) tries a bit of blackmail and intimidation on Tim Blair and Anglo-Australian National Community Council director Darrin Hodges in order to shut them up.
Doesn’t work, Yusuf, doesn’t work!