Sunday, November 06, 2005
"REAL, SERIOUS VIOLENCE"
French rioters open fire:
Ten policemen were injured, two of them seriously, when a group of youths fired at police with shotguns in Grigny, south of Paris, police said. One officer was treated with lead shot wounds to the throat, another suffered injuries to one leg.
"They really shot at officers. This is real, serious violence. It’s not like the previous nights. I am very concerned because this is mounting,” one police officer said.
Their opponents seem content with the evening’s events:
Local youngsters expected more violence on the outskirts of Evreux.
"It’s civil war now,” said one in a hooded top.
Similar conflicts are anticipated elsewhere:
In Italy, opposition leader Romano Prodi called on the Government to take urgent action, telling reporters:
"We have the worst suburbs in Europe. I don’t think things are so different from Paris. It’s only a question of time.”
(Via Jonathon Ellis and Beck)