During the Paris rally against the global security law which brought together more than 46,000 people according to the police headquarters, the police were violently attacked by highly organized groups of thugs.
This November 28, thousands of demonstrators decided to express in the streets of Paris but also in many cities of France, their opposition to the Global Security bill. While the rallies were peaceful in many cities, some clashes between thugs and the police occurred in Lyon, Bordeaux, Rennes or Lille.
It was in Paris where 46,000 demonstrators were present according to figures from the Prefecture of Police that the tension was greatest. Many groups of hooded and well-organized individuals attacked the police in the middle of the afternoon and as the procession was arriving towards the Place de la Bastille. The RT France teams present on site were able to capture these very violent scenes.
The first violence began at 4 p.m. with the sending of projectiles and fireworks on a cordon of CRS.
Police had to use tear gas to extricate themselves but were forced to retreat from the projectiles at times during the demonstration.
The mobile gendarmes were also subjected to jets of flaming projectiles as our reporter observed.
It was at the end of the day that the violence was strongest. The various groups of highly mobile thugs vandalized certain shop windows and vehicles. They also set fire to various buildings in the Place de la Bastille district. A brasserie, a newsstand, and a Banque de France building thus began to burn before the firefighters could extinguish the flames.
The police, in addition to tear gas, had to carry out several charges in order to gradually secure the neighborhood.
While most of the demonstrators had left the scene, many thugs remained around the July 1830 column in the Place de la Bastille to continue to confront the police. Some isolated police officers were then attacked very violently by many hooded individuals.
The independent journalist Yazid Bouziar was also able to capture the violence of these clashes and the evacuation, by his colleagues, of a visibly injured CRS.
Amar Taoualit, another independent journalist present on the spot, filmed some CRS forced to back down as well as a police officer beaten by a group of thugs.
It was only around 7 p.m., with the intervention of the water cannons, that the police succeeded in restoring order to the Place de la Bastille, which was completely evacuated. In response to this violence, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin tweeted that “37 police officers and gendarmes” had been injured during these demonstrations throughout France before adding that he “once again condemns the unacceptable violence against the police”.