France is investigating images showing police dismantling a 450-strong migrant camp in central Paris, clashing with demonstrators, attacking journalists and using batons and tear gas against the crowd.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has announced an investigation after ‘shocking’ images circulated on social media of violent clashes, as police broke up a migrant camp in a central Paris square.
I have just demanded a detailed report on the reality of the facts from the prefect of police by midday tomorrow. I will take decisions as soon as I receive it.
Police were sent in to disperse the gathering after charity Utopia 56 asked 450 refugees to set up tents in the square to protest the forced dismantling of a migrant camp several days earlier in Saint Denis, a suburb of the capital.
Footage showed police attacking reporter Remy Buisine, who works for French news site Brut, while he was trying to cover the clashes. Buisine claims the same police officer targeted him three times despite his having shown a press pass.
Journalist @RemyBuisine knocked to the ground. According to his testimony, this is the third time in the same evening that he is struck. 23/11/20, Paris, Migrants demonstration. Video:@XseniaSputnikpic.twitter.com/bo4kcbGYu6
— Anonymous (@YourAnonJerry) November 24, 2020
After the incident, Brut stated that it would be demanding explanations from the police prefecture and the Ministry of the Interior. (RT)
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