Paris riots: Masked mob of protesters hurl Molotov cocktails and torch cars over law making it illegal to film police

2 months ago 10

RIOTS have flared in Paris as a masked mob lobbed Molotov cocktails and torched cars over a contentious law banning the filming of cops.

Scores of hooded anarchists launched projectiles at riot cops, smashed up shop windows, and burned barricades during today's demo against police violence.

Vehicles were torched during the mayhem

27

Vehicles were torched during the mayhemCredit: Reuters

Police used riot shields and batons to protect themselves

27

Police used riot shields and batons to protect themselvesCredit: Reuters

France was accused of curbing freedoms

27

France was accused of curbing freedomsCredit: AFP

Projectiles were hurled at police, including paint, earlier today

27

Projectiles were hurled at police, including paint, earlier todayCredit: AP:Associated Press

Protesters were blocked during today's protest in Paris

27

Protesters were blocked during today's protest in ParisCredit: AP:Associated Press

One group of anarchists ransacked a bank, tossing piles of paperwork onto a fire

27

One group of anarchists ransacked a bank, tossing piles of paperwork onto a fireCredit: AP:Associated Press

Violence erupted during the Paris protest on December 5

27

Violence erupted during the Paris protest on December 5Credit: AP:Associated Press

A firefighter walks past a burning car during the protest

27

A firefighter walks past a burning car during the protest Credit: Reuters

Politicians have said they will look at the contentious legislation

27

Politicians have said they will look at the contentious legislationCredit: Rex Features

Riot police have been out in force today to calm down the protesters

27

Riot police have been out in force today to calm down the protestersCredit: Reuters

Firefighters were kept busy extinguishing flames from lit debris and torched vehicles

27

Firefighters were kept busy extinguishing flames from lit debris and torched vehiclesCredit: Rex Features

Thousands of people had begun marching peacefully in the French capital when the clashes suddenly erupted.

There were face-offs between cops and pockets of protesters, most of whom were dressed in black and had their faces covered, reports Reuters.

Some used hammers to break up paving stones.

Cops fired back volleys of tear gas as angry protesters were denouncing police brutality.

They were also railing against President Emmanuel Macron’s hated security policy plans which demonstrators slammed for restricting civil liberties.

France has been hit by a wave of street protests after the government introduced a security bill in parliament.

The draft law increases its surveillance tools and restricts people's rights to circulate images of police officers in the media and online.

Meanwhile in Lyon, protesters walk through tear gas

27

Meanwhile in Lyon, protesters walk through tear gas Credit: AP:Associated Press

Fires were lit in the capital as riot cops intervened

27

Fires were lit in the capital as riot cops intervenedCredit: Reuters

The protest flared over a contentious bill cracking down on people's rights

27

The protest flared over a contentious bill cracking down on people's rightsCredit: AP:Associated Press

Vehicles were torched during the mayhem

27

Vehicles were torched during the mayhemCredit: AP:Associated Press

Cops confronted the demonstrators in Paris

27

Cops confronted the demonstrators in ParisCredit: Rex Features

“We’re heading towards an increasingly significant limitation of freedoms. There is no justification,” said Paris resident Karine Shebabo.

Another protester, Xavier Molenat, added: “France has this habit of curbing freedoms while preaching their importance to others.”

As darkness fell, live TV images showed one group of anarchists ransacking the branch office of a bank.

They could be seen tossing piles of paperwork onto a fire burning on the pavement outside.

Angry protesters waved banners that read “France, land of police rights” and “Withdrawal of the security law”.

The draft legislation provoked a fierce public backlash

27

The draft legislation provoked a fierce public backlashCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Flares were also set off during the dramatic day

27

Flares were also set off during the dramatic dayCredit: Rex Features

Masked protesters could be seen at the demo

27

Masked protesters could be seen at the demoCredit: Rex Features

The streets of Paris were full of riot police and chanting protesters

27

The streets of Paris were full of riot police and chanting protestersCredit: Rex Features

Windows were smashed by some in the volatile mob

27

Windows were smashed by some in the volatile mobCredit: Rex Features

Smoke and flames could be seen rising from the streets

27

Smoke and flames could be seen rising from the streetsCredit: Reuters

Paris police said that some 500 “casseurs” - which translates as hoodlums or rioters - had infiltrated the protest, according to BFM TV.

Twenty-two arrests had been made, the force added.

The new bill was part of the president’s drive to get tougher on law and order ahead of elections in 2022.

His government also claimed that cops needed to be better protected from online hate.

But the draft legislation provoked a public backlash.

It comes after the publicised, brutal beating of a black man, music producer Michel Zecler, by several police officers in late November.

FEELING LUCKY?

Lotto results LIVE: National Lottery numbers and Thunderball draw December 5

GRIM FIND

Personal trainer dad 'BEHEADED kids, 12 & 13,' as neighbors reported 'stench'

BABY TRAUMA

Baby girl fights for life after found seriously injured at Blackpool home

I SPIDE

Woman 'hasn't driven for a week' after terrifying find inside car door handle

Exclusive

FOOD FOR NOUGHT

Barman begs drinkers 'only go to pub if you're hungry' as meals untouched

Exclusive

'BEDSIT MURDERS'

Man, 66, charged with one of UK's biggest unsolved double murders pictured

The attack has intensified anger against cops.

Because of the furore, Macron’s ruling party did a U-turn and said it would rewrite the draft bill curtailing people's rights.

There were peaceful protests in Marseille, Lyon, Rennes and other big cities.

Police were surrounded by a fire during a demonstration for 'social rights'

27

Police were surrounded by a fire during a demonstration for 'social rights'Credit: AFP

Firefighters make their way through barricades during the demonstration

27

Firefighters make their way through barricades during the demonstrationCredit: AP:Associated Press

This shop's window was destroyed when the protest turned ugly

27

This shop's window was destroyed when the protest turned uglyCredit: Rex Features

They were protesting against police brutality

27

They were protesting against police brutalityCredit: AFP

President Emmanuel Macron’s security policy plans are unpopular

27

President Emmanuel Macron’s security policy plans are unpopularCredit: AFP - Getty
Read Entire Article