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Arrests, injured police: another night of violence in France

The facts occurred after the death of a Maghreb youth, on the night of Monday 18 to Tuesday 19 May, yet unrelated to the police.

Published: May 21, 2020, 9:11 am

    Argenteuil

    Law enforcement officers targeted, property damage and a frightened population. Two days after the death of the motorcycle driver, on the night of Saturday May 16 to Sunday May 17, in Argenteuil (Val-d’Oise), the immigrant housing district was once again the scene of fresh violence, reported French weekly Le Point.

    Finally, “six people” were arrested, according to a police source, who said that “three police officers were injured by projectile jets” . The perpetrators used fireworks against the police, and the latter responded with tear gas. Three burning cars and about twenty trash fires were extinguished, according to the same source.

    The investigation opened after the death of the youth named Sabri last weekend is still ongoing. The 18-year-old man was traveling without a helmet and struck a concrete power pole that was on a sidewalk.

    A car of the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC) was nearby, but initial findings already indicate that the driver was not being chased by the police, according to what the Pontoise prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

    The latter also said that “the first conclusions” of the accident scene investigation highlighted a “lack of impact between the police vehicle and the motorcycle”.

    In yet another incident, in Ris-Orangis, in Essonne, a 36-year-old Malian killed two other residents, on the night of Monday May 18 to Tuesday May 19.

    The events took place near Paris, in the Coallia migrant home where a resident stabbed two other tenants to death, reported Le Parisien.

    The victims are two men, 42 and 29 years old, who could not be resuscitated by the emergency services. Their executioner is a 36-year-old Malian, who first fled after the attack, before being arrested near the home by the anti-crime brigade of Evry-Courcouronnes and Montgeron, and he was placed in police custody. The investigation was entrusted to the departmental security of Essonne.

    The reasons for the attack are not known, but another resident mentioned a climate of violence within the home. He evoked “arguments and fights every week between people from sub-Saharan Africa”. He added that he had sensed that a drama would occur, and even referred to the management of the premises.

    “I told the manager recently that there was going to be a murder. There are no cameras and only two security guards per 100 residents. It is not enough to provide security,” he said.

    The same resident was himself a victim of the violence in the home. “Several residents were playing soccer at 11:30 pm. I went downstairs to ask them to make less noise. They hit me,” said the migrant, who also plans to leave the area as soon as possible. “I can’t stay here anymore. I fear for my safety.”

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