PressTv/ Protesters clash with riot police in France

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- French protesters have clashed with security forces during a rally held against police brutality in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

Clashes broke out on Saturday on the sidelines of a rally held in memory of Remi Fraisse who was killed by French police during a demonstration in October.

According to reports, riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds of angry protesters.

On November 6, a similar demonstration was held in Paris. Students barricaded the entrance to a number of secondary schools in the French capital which reportedly led to the closure of dozens of educational institutes.

Fraisse, a 21-year-old environmental activist, died under unclear circumstances on October 26 amid clashes between riot police and demonstrators who were rallying against the construction of the Sivens Dam in the commune of Albi, the prefecture of France’s southwestern Tarn department.

His death triggered outcry in several French cities, including Paris, Brest, Marseille and Lyon, and finally forced local authorities to suspend the dam project.

Fraisse’s family has filed a murder complaint against the police, but the French government has almost unanimously sided with the cops, even after facing criticism for waiting more than 48 hours to express condolences or regret over the death of the young activist.

Tarn residents and environmental activists have been protesting against the deforestation of the dam area for months, with some people staging hunger strikes.

Violence clashes between police and protesters, and the use of tear gas by French riot police are quite common in the country





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