Police Officers Clash With Protesters

Apr 22, 2020

On 21 April 2020, police officers clashed with protesters in the northern Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne. Police officers fired rubber bullets and deployed tear gas after the protesters burned garbage bins and vehicles and set off fireworks. Police officers arrested at least nine people, but there were no reports of injuries. Additional clashes between protesters and police officers occurred in the suburbs of Asnières-sur-Seine, Aulnay-sous-Bois and Nanterre. The violence initially began on 20 April, when a resident crashed a motorcycle into the door of an unmarked police car. Protesters allege that police officers deliberately caused the crash and have used extreme tactics to enforce lockdown measures intended to combat COVID-19.

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