Incidents at the end of the event
Around 4 pm, after three hours of gathering, some people tried to install a “sound system” (transportable sound system), passed through the mesh of an imposing police device. The police then intervened to confiscate the equipment, the use of which had been prohibited by the prefect.
The intervention provoked clashes between demonstrators and the police for nearly two hours. The demonstrators threw various projectiles at the police who responded with tear gas canisters and a water cannon, while many passers-by were shopping on the first Saturday of sales.
At least one window has been smashed, AFP noted. The police reported on Twitter “14 arrests”, “slight damage” and three mobile gendarmes injured by “mortar fire”.
“The police charged without the slightest warning the demonstrators who were peacefully awaiting the speech of the organizers”, on the contrary estimated the organizers of the demonstration, by reporting “several people” injured.
“The prefecture’s contempt for youth and culture will only strengthen our determination,” they added, demanding “the cessation of disproportionate proceedings” against the organizers of the “evening”.
Source: A la Une – Le Progrès | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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