Riot at Paris train station, Gare du Nord
PARIS — Riot police firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed Tuesday with bands of youths who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train station, officials said. Nine people were arrested.Notice how the AP may be trying to make the police look like the baddies here, by using the word "brandishing" as if they were the criminals instead.
Officials said about 100 people were involved in the melee at Gare du Nord, one of Paris' most important transport hubs. Officers, some with police dogs, fired tear gas and charged at groups of marauding youths, some of them wearing hoods and swinging metal bars.Oh, but it was. They cursed at Sarkozy, didn't they? And who started all this was a man of north African background who didn't have a ticket and punched at two train officials.
The youths responded by throwing trash cans and other objects at the officers. A group of youths smashed the windows of a sporting goods store and looted boxes of shoes. Others attacked automatic drink dispensers and set fire to an information booth.
The violence did not appear directly related to France's presidential election less than a month away, but it highlighted the social and economic tensions that the country's new leader will inherit when he or she takes power in May.
The train lines from Gare du Nord radiate out to the same suburbs north of Paris where three weeks of rioting erupted in 2005. That violence was born of pent-up anger — especially among youths of Arab and African origin — over years of high unemployment and racial inequalities.Now they're admitting it, though I suspect they aren't in this case, are they? Namely, who the culprits were behind all this. Simply disgusting.
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