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Paris Protests Over Police Brutality Turn Violent

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Protesters run from tear gas in Paris. (Sipa via AP Images)
 

By    |   Friday, 17 Feb 2017 10:18 AM

Anti-police protests in Paris turned violent Wednesday night, with demonstrators setting debris and trashcans on fire and police firing tear gas canisters, some of which were thrown back at them.

The protests were sparked by a reported police brutality incident that took place in Paris earlier this month, reported Reuters. A 22-year-old man was arrested by police on Feb. 2 and allegedly “beaten and raped” with an officer’s baton.

Since then protests have led to more than 200 arrests in France.

On Wednesday, protesters could be heard chanting “We do not forget we do not forgive,” CNN reported. According to RT, protesters also chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Cops are rapists and murders!”

Some protesters shattered building windows as they marched the streets with signs and banners.

Wednesday marked just one of the many protests that have taken place over the past two weeks, according to RT.

Demonstrators have used fireworks and have even burned cars in previous protests.

Despite the alleged violence that was used on Feb. 2, the victim is now asking young people in France to protest peacefully.

French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux referred to the alleged assault as a “tragic accident” when he spoke at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

Four officers, all said to have been involved, are being charged with aggravated assault. One officer being charged with rape.

The Paris protests sparked widespread reaction from the Twitter community.

 

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Anti-police protests in Paris turned violent Wednesday night, with demonstrators setting debris and trashcans on fire and police firing tear gas canisters, some of which were thrown back at them.
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