Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
No mention in the story of ethnic or religious factors, but such violence is usually tribal – an “us” smashing a “them”:
France’s western city of Nantes has seen a third night of
tensions violent riots, with dozens of cars being torched to protest a fatal police shooting of a driver who was apparently trying to avoid an identity check.
As is now usual, almost all media reports carefully omit the ethnic or religious factors which could explain such mayhem – and help readers understand what must be done in future to prevent worse.
It was there that the riot police pulled over a 22-year-old man acquaintances identified as Aboubakar, the son of immigrants from Guinea, during a traffic stop Tuesday night.
The New York Times chooses every euphemism it can think of – “youths” and “communities” – while hinting at the reality:
What followed was a night in which angry youths in three Nantes neighborhoods threw firebombs and burned eight buildings and some 30 cars, the authorities said.
Tensions Riots between the police and the communities the Mohammedan invaders they patrol have erupted in violence repeatedly over the years.
The only time “immigrants” is mentioned is to portray them as the victims here, not the perpetrators:
A night of rioting touched off by a police killing set off a familiar replay of grim media images on Wednesday morning in France, where law enforcement tactics in immigrant neighborhoods are a regular source of friction….
“It’s always the same scenario,” said Gérard Mauger, an emeritus scholar at the CNRS research institute in Paris who has studied urban riots in France for decades. “But it’s hardened. The score settling is more violent. Now there are guns.”
He added: “For 40 years we’ve had 10 percent unemployment, much higher in these neighborhoods. The first victims of it are the immigrants.”
They are not victims. They are not employable.
Officials said that Aboubakar had had at least eight previous encounters with the police and that he had had an outstanding arrest warrant on a robbery charge.
On Tuesday night, after he was pulled over, they said, he backed his car up at high speed toward children and a police officer. But residents say that he had not been acting aggressively.
And then when voters turn to Right-wing politicians who at least tell the frank truth, the political and media establishment is shocked and surprised – shocked that their dishonesty and coverups didn’t fool anyone, and surprised that they are no longer trusted to fix what they refuse to even describe.