Unconfirmed: at least three protestors shot dead by the police in Paris today

As well as water cannon and tear gas, the police in Paris have now also started using rubber bullets…

https://www.rt.com/news/445350-rt-reporter-injured-paris-protests/ (there’s been much worse injuries from rubber bullets than what happened to this unfortunate RT reporter, but I won’t get into all that).

The Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe were the main points of protest. To begin with the police only used rubber bullets, but in late afternoon they started using live fire. This apparently resulted in at least three protestors being shot dead and many others being injured.

To repeat, I cannot verify any of this. It’s only what I’ve heard ‘over the wires’.

Addendum: 24 hours after making the above post I still can’t find any verification that the Paris police shot dead protestors with live fire. What might have happened is that the police were using rubber bullets, and deaths might have resulted from this. The French authorities are admitting that at least one person is seriously ill as a result of these rubber bullets:

More than 400 people were arrested on Saturday, with over 300 still in police custody on Sunday. More than 130 people were injured, while one protester is in serious condition in a coma.

President Macron has said today, in response to the riots, that he’s thinking of declaring a state of emergency. This is a bit superfluous, since a state of emergency was permanently written into French law in October of last year as a response to all the ‘terror attacks’.

This entry was posted in Politics. Bookmark the permalink.