Toulouse: new night of violence between young people and law enforcement

Toulouse: new night of violence between young people and law enforcement

After the first clashes Sunday evening in the neighborhoods of Bellefontaine and Reynerie in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), new clashes took place Monday night. A total of 18 people were arrested and 24 vehicles burned.
The districts of the Reynerie and Bellefontaine in Toulouse, both classified as a priority security zone (ZSP) and located in the Grand Mirail, are shaken by clashes between young people and law enforcement for 48 hours. Monday night, the clashes began at 20:40 at the Reynerie before ending around 23 hours. The police force has been subjected to numerous projectiles and mortar fire by organized groups of 30 to 40 people each, according to a statement from the Alliance union. These facts have been the subject of responses adapted by the use of tear gas and firing of launchers of defense bullets, he adds. A helicopter from the National Gendarmerie came on site to assist the troops on the ground. A total of 18 people were arrested and 24 vehicles burned. The day before, a hundred young people had already opposed the forces of order, the Reynerie and Bellefontaine. During the evening, ten cars were burned, as well as a construction machine while the police station Bellefontaine, visited in March by the Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb, had been the target of throwing stones, according to the Deputy Director of Public Security (DDSP) Deputy Commissioner Arnaud Bavois. These first incidents had “not injured” and resulted in “no questioning”, he added. The violence took place mainly between 8 pm and 11.30 pm, but calm did not return until after midnight. A flagrant investigation has been opened by the Toulouse public prosecutor’s office for aggravated violence with weapons and persons in charge of public authority, damage and incitement to riot, according to a judicial source. “There was clearly a will to attack the police. It had been a long time since we had seen that, “said Commissioner Arnaud Bavois, describing scenes of” great violence “with young people who set fire to cars and with the idea” to take the police in ambush. ” In total, more than one hundred police officers, CRS and gendarmes were mobilized to bring calm on Sunday night, as well as a helicopter from the gendarmerie. Identity check and rumors The tension in the neighborhood, according to Arnaud Bavois, is mounted Sunday in the afternoon after the control of a veiled woman refusing to submit to police checks. She was arrested and held in police custody for rebellion and insulting a person with public authority, according to a judicial source. This Monday in the evening, custody has been extended, said the same source. The violence may also have been triggered by a rumor that guards from Seysses prison, south of Toulouse, were the cause of death on Saturday of a prisoner from the neighborhood, said the deputy DDSP. However, if a man in his thirties died on Saturday in this prison, it is “following a suicide,” said the Commissioner, adding that there was also “an attempt to suicide “of another prisoner whose” vital prognosis “is engaged. A judicial investigation was opened for “search for the causes of death” by the Toulouse prosecutor’s office, who stressed that the autopsy had confirmed that the causes of the death of the detainee “are compatible with a death by hanging.” On Monday mid-afternoon, some 90 detainees refused to return to their cell for a few hours, the prosecution said, adding that the situation returned to normal in the evening. Mayor denounces “unacceptable” violence The mayor of Toulouse LR Jean-Luc Moudenc condemned “firmly urban violence” which “first harm the neighborhoods themselves” and “are unacceptable”. “Support to law enforcement, exemplary cold blood in the face of this situation and this surge of aggression,” he said on Twitter. The prefecture, for its part, has taken special measures concerning the regulation of fuel distribution and transport. From Monday 15 hours to Wednesday 20 hours, “the purchase and retail sale, removal or transport of any fuel jerry cans, cubitainers, cans, bottles or various containers are prohibited in the distribution points of the municipalities of Toulouse Metropolis, Portet-sur-Garonne, Old Toulouse, Ramonville Saint-Agne and Labège “, according to the prefecture.

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