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|Nearly 900 vehicles torched as French rioting rage|
|11/05/05 at 06:30:54|
|Nearly 900 vehicles torched as French rioting rages on|
Nearly 900 vehicles were torched and more than 250 people arrested on Saturday as French police desperately battled the country's worst rioting for decades, which has now raged for nine consecutive nights.
Again, the bulk of the violence hit deprived suburbs with large immigrant populations on the fringes of Paris, although rioting spread to several cities elsewhere in France, following a pattern seen in recent nights.
With authorities seemingly powerless to stem the tide of violence despite the mobilisation of hundreds of riot police, gangs of youths set cars on fire around Paris, especially in the northern suburbs where the trouble began.
A hundred people were evacuated overnight from two apartment blocks in one northern suburb after an arson attack set dozens of cars alight in an underground garage.
Two textile warehouses and a car showroom were also torched to the north-east of the city.
A total of 253 people were detained for questioning, some of them minors caught with fire-bombs, police said.
Paris prosecutor general Yves Bot said that 897 vehicles had been burnt overnight on Friday, including 656 in the Paris region.
Questioned on Europe 1 radio, Mr Bot spoke of "organised violence" but did not say by whom.
"If I could give an exact answer, those people would already be under arrest," he said. "But we can see organised actions, a strategy."
Mr Bot said that weblogs were asking other French cities to join the rioting in the Paris region.
Incidents on a smaller scale were reported in the southern cities of Toulouse and Nice, and in Lille and Rennes to the north.
The increased arrests were in line with priorities laid down for police by hardline Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.
However, the intensity of clashes with police was less than on many nights since the violence began on October 27, sparked by the electrocution of two youths after they hid from police in an electrical relay station.
Rather than attack police, many youths appeared to opt instead to run away after lighting fires, although some bottles, stones and petrol bombs were thrown.
The renewed violence began just hours after Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin held a crisis meeting with Mr Sarkozy to discuss a response to the riots, France's worst civil unrest since the 1968 student revolts.
Mr Sarkozy, whose tough law and order policies some have blamed for worsening the trouble, later made a surprise visit to a police command centre west of Paris, telling officers: "Arrests - that's the key."
He urged them to get more information on those causing the trouble "so we can better understand how they're organised, because they are organised".
Mr Sarkozy, who is aiming at a presidential bid in 2007, has pledged to clean up the crime-ridden streets of France's deprived suburban housing projects "with a power-hose", controversially referring to trouble-makers as "rabble".
The seemingly uncontainable violence has proved deeply embarrassing to the government, focusing global attention on the often terrible conditions in deprived suburbs, where largely immigrant populations complain of dismal economic prospects, rampant discrimination and heavy-handed policing.
French newspapers despaired on Saturday at the continued scenes of chaos.
"Are the police overwhelmed?" France Soir asked, referring to what it termed the "genuine guerrilla warfare" faced by officers.
Popular daily Le Parisien said many of those arrested were previously known to police, calling the youths burning cars "a mix of delinquents, recidivists and part-time rioters".
In contrast, Liberation, said the rioters were inspired by a combination of anger, urban deprivation, unemployment, policing and "their hatred of Sarkozy".
Inshallah it will be 1000 by the time you read this. Inshallah Allah will teach those racist perverts who want to see the Hair of young School girls so badly that they have to make laws against Hijab a lesson they will not forget.
|Re: Nearly 900 vehicles torched as French rioting8tr>||pearl|
|11/05/05 at 16:07:21|
[quote]Inshallah it will be 1000 by the time you read this. Inshallah Allah will teach those racist perverts who want to see the Hair of young School girls so badly that they have to make laws against Hijab a lesson they will not forget. [/quote]
That if you deny Muslims their rights, they will retaliate by rioting and destroying their own neighborhoods?
That Muslims challenge the unjust practices of those in authority by torching cars, warehouses and buses? (Political movers and shakers in France use mass transit????)
That Muslims react to injustice by throwing Molotov cocktails at handicapped women who cannot run away? (See http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sfl-afrance05nov05,0,6602208.story?coll=sfla-news-nationworld )
Some "lesson." I can't believe you are applauding this.
|Re: Nearly 900 vehicles torched as French rioting|
|11/06/05 at 07:02:02|
|France- History of discrimination against Arabs and Africans |
11/6/2005 9:00:00 AM GMT
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(AP photo) A car burns during a riot in the Paris suburb of Le Blanc-Mesnil November 3, 2005
Violent riots that plagued France in recent days reflect the unjust discrimination in the French society presented in the unemployment rates and poverty among foreign immigrants, mostly Arabs and Africans in the majority Catholic nation.
Several analysts have explained that the current unrest in France is an expression to pent-up anger by African and Arab immigrants, at racism, police treatment, and unemployment.
Torturing cars, throwing rocks, and setting fire to buildings are recurring images in France, a country that’s usually referred to as an ideal of equality while it hides its poorest in slums out of the sight of the elite French people, according to Reuters editorial.
France, the country that stands for freedom, equality and fraternity, has failed to protect the Arabs and provide them with jobs that helped integrate earlier immigrants.
"This is the paradox of integration faced with the promises the republic failed to keep," said criminologist Alain Bauer.
"I'm afraid the Arabs and Africans of France are being used as pawns in the political debate for the next election," social worker Aziz Sahiri said in a televised debate with Bauer.
It seems that France’s integration model is not working- the country’s African and Arab communities suffer discrimination, poor schooling, unemployment and political disenfranchisement, according to Le Monde Diplomatic.
The problem started three or four decades ago, when Arab and black immigrants began arriving from Africa and the Middle East.
They settled on the outskirts of big cities, forming “ugly new towns”- But those bleak housing estates are now ethnic ghettos where most French rarely venture and associate with drug rings and gang rapes.
The French government did all it can to exclude those communities from the country’s political system controlled by the French white men, the more ambitious in the suburbs established self-help associations to find the authorities criticising them as “unacceptably ethnic” simply because they have "Muslim" in their names.
Debates over the integration of the French society and the acceptance of immigrants and respecting their rights usually fail and end up with the government reaffirming a strictly French way of doing things, such as barring any religious symbols in state schools, Hijab; the Muslims headscarf, included.
"We've been talking about prevention for 30 years but it hasn't worked," Bauer complained. Politicians failed to address the problem the right way, and fallen back on an old litany: "It's not true, it's not serious and it's not my fault."
Christophe Barbier, assistant editor of L'Express weekly, warned that even if the police managed to end the current riots they’ll be happen again as they reflect a turf war that could break out at the first provocation.
About 68 people have been arrested since the riots, broke out in France 10 days ago.
Yesterday, hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Paris denouncing violence, and appealing for calm. Among those who participated in Saturday peace march was Ahmed Brazini.
"We're tired of everything that's been happening these days," he said.
"The flames, the smoke, the burning tyres, the stolen cars.
"We're fed up with all of it, this must come to an end."
"I want to show the whole of France that there are people who live here who have nothing to do with these events and who are tired of the situation," Gerard Gaudron, the Mayor of the riot-hit suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, said.
This is a consequence of Frances policies towards non-whites. You treat people bad they will behave bad. Muslims have been burnt to death for a very long time in France. The police never act to prevent it. Politicians blame the victims ever time a bunch of Muslim families are burnt to death in france and make more anti Muslims laws and make more anti Muslim speaches. Well, the electricution of two Muslim boys by the police was just about as much as the Muslims of france were going to take. And they reacted.
Will things change for the better due to the reaction? Allah knows. What I know is it can't change for the worse, because their is no worse. all the bad things have always been happening, and everyone refuses to notice.
This is the first time people took notice, because white people died instead of black. And we all know that whites lives are worth much more than black ones!
And Muslim lives are not worth anything at all.
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