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Images of students’ arrests ‘shocking’, France in ‘exceptional violence’ – education minister

Via RT…


French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer admitted that the images of students on their knees, while being arrested by baton-wielding officers are “shocking.”

The controversial video from Mantes-la-Jolie released late Thursday has been a hot topic of discussion on social media. Depicting rows of education reform protesters on their knees, hands on heads, with helmeted police officers, it gathered thousands of retweets and angry comments. Many users compared the manner the officers were handling the arrestees with execution by firing squad.

On Friday morning, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer was asked by France Inter radio to give his opinion on the video.

The image is shocking, there have been shocking images because we are in a climate of exceptional violence.

By “climate of exceptional violence” he was referring to Yellow Vest protests that have been gripping the nation for the third consecutive week. Big rallies are expected this Saturday and authorities are gathering re-enforcements in the face of 89,000 police officers and armored vehicles belonging to Gendarmerie, the country’s military police.

Blanquer called upon those who react to the footage to analyze the situation in this context. “What happened? There are those who don’t attend these high schools, they are more than 20 years old … and they manage to gather students [in these schools],” he said. These very people attacked police officers, who tried to neutralize them and line them up against a wall, he added.

The minister insisted that it was “a miracle” that Mantes-la-Jolie clashes didn’t result in any deaths. Meanwhile, the Yellow Vest rallies that gripped the nation last Saturday turned violent, resulting in the deaths of four people.

Thursday’s clashes resulted in 153 arrests and most of them were students. Similar clashes happened across the whole of France, and as of Friday some 700 high schools across the country were disturbed by protests and 400 of them were closed.

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Louis Robert
Louis Robert
December 7, 2018

Nothing justifies the decadent French regime treating French students, among them minors, in such a humiliating and degrading way.

French police and army must learn to use such tactics against terrorists and their very own agents provocateurs, instead of using them to discredit legitimate French protest movements under what has become FAKE French so-called democracy.

gra gor
gra gor
December 8, 2018

Well it really depends on how long they kept them there doesn’t it how cruel and unusual this is doesn’t it. We don’t know who those people are or why they were arrested and how long they had to stay in that position etc.. Just that a yard full of ‘protesting students’ is being held in a stress position by a few riot police. We here in Canada had G-20 protests with 1200 peaceful participants arrested for no cause, a few dozen “black block “anarchists”” destroying property and evading arrest, police thuggery (as appears to be the cases caught on… Read more »

Tjoe
Tjoe
Reply to  gra gor
December 8, 2018

“where there in no respect for any on any sides?” That describes the US legal system since a policy went in place to allow attorney’s to make “alternative defenses”….to lie in court. When the last bastion of “truth” makes it okay to present falsehoods as “truth” and get away with it and expand the use of falsities to construct rulings…..truly NIHILISM has infested our most sacred guardianship of justice…the entire DOJ. Look up “alternative defense” policy by the DOJ.

gra gor
gra gor
Reply to  gra gor
December 9, 2018

Here is the video I was referring to. Actions such as this gets cops killed.

Olivia Kroth
December 8, 2018

Frankly, I am glad that the French are revolting against the Macron regime, imposed on them by the USA, CIA, Nato. Macron should step down and make place for Marine Le Pen, Leader of Front National. She would have won the vote for presidencey, had the counting not been “modified” to suit the powers that be ….

Olivia Kroth
December 8, 2018

The caption of the photo says “Violences Policières”.
This looks like prisoners in Guantamo (except for the missing orange clothing). CIA at work here! They have a strong, fortified CIA headquarters in Paris, to keep those unruly French citizens at bay. The French police is learning fast.

Bored
Bored
December 8, 2018

Where is fucking eu now?

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