Residents Of A Paris Suburb Clashed With Police Amid A Lockdown
Residents of the commune of Villeneuve-La-Garenne in the Northern suburbs of Paris clashed with police forces over the weekend, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
The riots began on Saturday night, April 18, after a motorcyclist crashed into the open door of a police car. The victim was hospitalized, and the police began investigating the incident.
However, residents took to the streets of the commune and began throwing firecrackers at the law enforcement forces. Police responded with tear gas.
At the same time, the Washington Post reminds, the riots occurred against the background of the isolation regime imposed on March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, French President Emmanuel macron extended these restrictive measures until May 11.
Meanwhile, the publication points out, the isolation was particularly severe for the population of areas like Villeneuve-La-Garenne and surrounding major cities in France, including Paris. In such places, families of immigrant origin often live in crowded conditions, and previously, the newspaper notes, there were reports of riots from several such areas.
Also, critics of the authorities claim that the police are more strictly monitoring the isolation in these communes, rather than in the center of Paris.
On the eve of April 19, the head of the General Directorate of the French Ministry of Health, Jerome Solomon, told a press conference in Paris that since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in the country, 19,718 infected people have died. He also said that since the beginning of the epidemic, 36,578 people who have recovered have been discharged.