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[Video, Photos] PARIS BURNING Chaos as rioters torch vehicles and attack cops in protest over alleged rape of black youth in police custody


[Video, Photos] PARIS BURNING Chaos as rioters torch vehicles and attack cops in protest over alleged rape of black youth in police custody

What started as a peaceful protest in the suburb of Bobigny descended into anarchy as some protesters set buildings and vehicles on fire.

VIOLENCE broke out as protesters torched cars and threw projectiles at cops in a Paris suburb over the alleged rape of a black man in police custody.

Peaceful demonstrations in Bobigny earlier today calling for justice for the 22-year-old descended into anarchy

in police custody.

Peaceful demonstrations in Bobigny earlier today calling for justice for the 22-year-old descended into anarchy.

 

Rally against police brutality turns violent in Bobigny, France

A car burns as protesters clash with French riot police in Bobigny, a suburb of Paris, where a peaceful demonstration descended into anarchy

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A car burns as protesters clash with French riot police in Bobigny, a suburb of Paris, where a peaceful demonstration descended into anarchy

Hundreds of rioters have taken to the streets, with a minority setting fire to cars and in this case a shopping trolley

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Hundreds of rioters have taken to the streets, with a minority setting fire to cars and in this case a shopping trolley

The flames roar from a torched vehicle in Bobigny, where police officers were forced to use tear gas as the protests got out of hand

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The flames roar from a torched vehicle in Bobigny, where police officers were forced to use tear gas as the protests got out of hand

Windows on properties have been smashed as the rioters ran amok throughout the suburb

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Windows on properties have been smashed as the rioters ran amok throughout the suburb

Several hundred people had gathered to protest against police brutality in Bobigny earlier today

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Several hundred people had gathered to protest against police brutality in Bobigny earlier today

The trouble began around 5pm when a van belonging to radio station RTL was set on fire

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The trouble began around 5pm when a van belonging to radio station RTL was set on fire

Protesters held placards which included claims of 'police kills innocents' as they rallied outside the local courthouse

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Protesters held placards which included claims of ‘police kills innocents’ as they rallied outside the local courthouse

Images showed how a local supermarket had been vandalised during the chaotic scenes, while several other shops were targeted

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Images showed how a local supermarket had been vandalised during the chaotic scenes, while several other shops were targeted

A woman pushes a baby stroller in front of burning barricades as protesters clash with French riot police

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A woman pushes a baby stroller in front of burning barricades as protesters clash with French riot police

A man flashes an obscene gesture to security forces showing the animosity among protesters towards authorities after the alleged rape

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A man flashes an obscene gesture to security forces showing the animosity among protesters towards authorities after the alleged rape

Demonstrators held up signs calling for justice for Theo, who remains in hospital after the alleged attack police custody on Thursday February 2

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Demonstrators held up signs calling for justice for Theo, who remains in hospital after the alleged attack police custody on Thursday February 2

Hundreds of protesters were gathered and voicing their concerns peacefully before an RTL van was set on fire and the protest got out of hand in the early evening

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Hundreds of protesters were gathered and voicing their concerns peacefully before an RTL van was set on fire and the protest got out of hand in the early evening

A small group of up to 200 demonstrators began launching missiles at police which kick started the trouble, after these crowds had earlier staged a peaceful protest

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A small group of up to 200 demonstrators began launching missiles at police which kick started the trouble, after these crowds had earlier staged a peaceful protest
The tense and dramatic scene in a Paris suburb tonight where riot gear clad officers have been deployed
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The tense and dramatic scene in a Paris suburb tonight where riot gear clad officers have been deployed

French President Francois Hollande met with injured Theo in hospital on Tuesday as he attempted to quell unrest over the incident

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French President Francois Hollande met with injured Theo in hospital on Tuesday as he attempted to quell unrest over the incident

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Youth worker Theo described the brutal assault by cops in an interview on French TV revealing that he feared he “might die”

Shocking footage shows man limping after he was allegedly sodomised wth a batonThe youth worker, named as Theo, was allegedly raped with a police truncheon – sparking riots throughout last week in Paris – after he was arrested by four police officers on a housing estate on Thursday February 2.

Theo who claimed he “thought he was going to die” remains in hospital where he has been visited by French Prime Minister Francois Hollande.

One officer has charged with aggravated rape and three others with aggravated assault, and they all deny the allegations.

The nation has been gripped with tension over claims police are routinely mistreating poor immigrant communities.

Around 2,000 people demonstrated again on Saturday by the courthouse in the northeast Paris suburb, waving banners reading “police rapes” and “police kills innocents”.

Ouleye Goudiaby, a 32-year-old restaurateur from Villeparisis, Seine-et-Marne, told Le Monde: “We are all revolted.

“These acts of police violence against young people in the working-class neighbourhoods are repeated again and again.

“Theo had the courage to denounce it but many dare not say anything.”

The mood turned dramatically when a van belonging to RTL radio station was set on fire.

According to RTL, a minority of between 100 and 200 masked individuals began attacked the security forces.

Cops dressed in riot gear were forced to use tear gas to calm the furious protesters who have reportedly torched up to four vehicles, along with garbage cans and shopping trolleys,

A small supermarket was also ransacked with food and drinks left strewn across the floor as the rioters ran amok.

Many protesters did not support the violence including one sports coach who told Le Monde it gives a “real bad image of us”.

Theo himself has called for calm and has urged residents “not to go to war”.

It is reported that up to four vehicles have been burned during the violent scenes which forced police to respond with tear gas grenades

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It is reported that up to four vehicles have been burned during the violent scenes which forced police to respond with tear gas grenades

The terrifying scene in Bobigny tonight where fires broke out in various parts of the city as rioters caused havoc

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The terrifying scene in Bobigny tonight where fires broke out in various parts of the city as rioters caused havoc

According to Le Monde, one of the signs read 'all the world hates the police' but many simply called for 'justice for Theo' who was allegedly raped

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According to Le Monde, one of the signs read ‘all the world hates the police’ but many simply called for ‘justice for Theo’ who was allegedly raped

Police were stationed on a bridge overlooking the demonstration by the courthouse and soon became the target of anger

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Police were stationed on a bridge overlooking the demonstration by the courthouse and soon became the target of anger

A smashed window of a shop targeted as protesters charged through the streets in Bobigny

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A smashed window of a shop targeted as protesters charged through the streets in Bobigny

As the protests turned violent cops were forced to spray tear gas to disperse the crowds

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As the protests turned violent cops were forced to spray tear gas to disperse the crowds

The RTL radio station van burns after being set alight by protesters, hours earlier the organisers of the protest had called for no violence

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The RTL radio station van burns after being set alight by protesters, hours earlier the organisers of the protest had called for no violence
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