Unrest Spreads: Clashes and Arrests in Multiple European Cities

news 30-Jun-2023 Europe

Over 600 Arrests Made After Riots

In France, clashes between the police and demonstrators have erupted once again following the death of a 17-year-old. The police officer who fatally injured the teenager in Nanterre has been placed in custody.

Massive Police Deployment to Prevent Further Riots in France

In the greater Paris area and several other French cities, the police made massive efforts overnight to prevent further riots following the death of a teenager during a police check. However, there were still confrontations in several cities, as reported by "Le Parisien" newspaper and BFMTV broadcaster. The national police reported new incidents in Marseille, Lyon, Pau, Toulouse, and Lille.

Over 600 People Arrested in Overnight Clashes in France

A total of 667 people were arrested overnight, according to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, with a significant portion of the arrests taking place in the greater Paris area. "The response from the state must be extremely resolute," said Darmanin in the northern city of Mons-en-Baroeul, where several municipal buildings were set on fire.

40,000 Police Officers Deployed in France Amid Third Consecutive Night of Riots

For the third consecutive night, 40,000 police officers are deployed throughout the country, about four times the number from Wednesday evening. Since Thursday evening, buses and trams have stopped operating in the Paris region, and a nightly curfew is in place in Clamart, located eight kilometers from the city center.

Fatal Shooting by Police Triggers Violent Clashes in France

Violent clashes erupted due to fatal shots fired by a police officer at a teenager of North African descent in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre. A motorcycle patrol had stopped the 17-year-old driving a car on Tuesday morning. When the young man suddenly accelerated, the fatal shot was fired from the officer's service weapon.

Officer Apologizes to Family in Police Custody

According to his lawyer, the police officer apologized to the family while in police custody. "The first words" uttered by the officer were to apologize, and "the last words he said were to apologize to the family," said the lawyer on BFMTV television.

Clashes Erupt in Nanterre Following Trauma March

In Nanterre, a bank branch was set on fire on Thursday evening, with the flames spreading to an adjacent residential building. The fire was extinguished, and no one was harmed.

Following a memorial march for the slain teenager in Nanterre, clashes between protesters and the police broke out in the evening. The officers were targeted with Molotov cocktails, and the police monitored the situation with helicopters and deployed special forces, resulting in the arrest of 19 individuals.

Shops Looted in Marseille

In the port city of Marseille, hundreds of protesters clashed with the police, and shops were looted, leading to the arrest of 14 people. Tear gas was fired by the police during clashes with the youth, as reported by "La Provence" newspaper.

Special Police Units Deployed in Lille, Lyon, and Bordeaux

Special police units were deployed in Lille, Lyon, and Bordeaux. In Grenoble, a bus was targeted with fireworks, prompting the public transport workers to go on strike.

Clashes Also Erupt in Brussels

Clashes between youths and law enforcement also occurred in the Belgian capital of Brussels. Approximately ten people were arrested, according to the police. Youths engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities, and several fires were reported.

Public Transportation Partially Suspended in Brussels Amid Clashes

The Brussels public transportation company announced on Twitter that a portion of the public transport network has been suspended. Belgian media displayed images of a burning car and police officers in riot gear.

Tensions Rise in Brussels Following the Death of a 17-Year-Old in France

In response to the death of the 17-year-old in France, tensions escalated in Brussels, with reports of calls on social media for gatherings. According to the Belgian news agency Belga, the central district of Anneessens experienced particular tensions.

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