Paris Is Burning: Vandalism In The Suburbs


Recent lockdown rules that include extending the stay at home order until May 11th have left many many Parisians extremely unhappy. The city’s low-income suburbs, commonly known as banlieues, are affected the most. 

April 21st marks yet another night of civil disobedience in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and Aulnay-sous-Bois. Local youths were seen setting fire to garbage bins and parked cars. The anti-riot police responded with shooting them with rubber bullets and spraying tear gas.

Right now, the shaky peace is restored.

The riots broke out on April 18th, after a 30-year-old man crashed his motorcycle into an open door of a police car. He severely injured his leg and had to undergo surgery. 

The incident prompted several dozens of the Villeneuve-La-Garenne residents to gather in protest: it was strongly believed that the policemen left the door open deliberately, so he could “trap” a biker. 

Meanwhile, the residents of Aulnay-sous-Bois confronted the police, accusing them of abuse of power. 

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