After French Youths Bring Protest to Park, Thugs Pound Them
Sadly, when the French youth protesters ended their successful march on Thursday at Invalides Square they did not understand that the hundreds of thugs waiting there for them were not sympathetic to the cause.
Armed only with their signs and socialist banners, the job seekers were faced with a new struggle. The local thugs beat them silly and took their cellphones.
With only one struggle on their minds and banners, the protesters did not notice the struggle awaiting them at the park.
Clashes between youths, dubbed ‘casseurs’ by the French, and demonstrators occur in the Invalides areas near the Foreign Ministry at the end of a protest march demanding the government scrap a contentious youth job law (CPE) in Paris March 23, 2006. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
The young socialists were no match for the cellphone hungry thugs.
Youths gather to kick a demonstrator during clashes following a demonstration against the first job contract, or CPE, Thursday, March 23, 2006 on the Invalides Plaza in Paris. The French capital braced for a new day of street protests Thursday by students trying to force the government to withdraw a contested jobs law, with a warning from the interior minister that violence would be severely punished. Youths were attacking students and demonstrators in an attempt to to steal their mobile phones. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Over one hundred were arrrested in the clashes between the young socialists who were only in want of a guaranteed job:
In the central Paris area of Invalides, police said 141 people were arrested after violent incidents and clashes with security forces.
Sixty people were injured in the clashes nationwide, including 27 police officers, according to the statistics released in a statement.
The desires of the thugs outweighed the desire of guaranteed employment.
Foreign Ministry at the end of a protest march demanding the government scrap a contentious youth jobs law (CPE) in Paris March 23, 2006. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
The French youth torched ancient writings at the Sorbonne while they took over the university. The protesters raided the library and torched Abbey documents that were centuries old.
The French protest would not be complete without a few cars going up in flames.
A protester throws a public dustbin onto burning cars during clashes following a students’ demonstration against the first job contract, or CPE, Thursday, March 23, 2006 near the Invalides Plaza in Paris. Rioters turned a park in front of Napoleon’s tomb into a battlefield, as youths with baseball bats clashed with police wielding batons in rising protests over a new labor law a day before crucial talks Friday between top unions and the French government. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
France Echos posted pictures of the destruction at the University of Strasbourg from the youth job seekers after their protests last week.
Smoke erupts from a burning car during clashes at the Invalides square at the end of a protest march demanding the government scrap a contentious youth job law (CPE) in Paris March 23, 2006. French youths torched cars, looted shops and stoned police at the end of a rally against a youth job law in the centre of Paris on Thursday, Reuters witnesses said. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)