VIRTUAL MEDIA BLACKOUT: Bastille Day car burnings by Muslim youths in Paris

You didn’t hear about it, but once again there were nearly 900 car burnings in Paris during the Bastille Day celebrations. There were only few articles about it in French (one of which is translated here), all Youtube videos are gone, and only a few photos are published (some from prior years). That’s because the French government ordered a media blackout on this yearly event, but fortunately a few articles do manage to get posted online.

A total of 897 cars were burned and 368 people Muslims were held in police custody during the evenings of 13 and 14 July, the interior ministry said to limit the number of incidents. The number of cars burned is up slightly from last year when 855 vehicles caught fire while the number of people Muslims held in custody, 368, is down sharply from 577 last year.

“The very important mobilization of the police forces, to which Gérard Collomb wishes to pay a tribute, has significantly reduced the number of incidents and particularly brawls on the public roads committed on the margins of the festivities of July 14,” Underlined Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior.

“To the 13 officials and soldiers wounded the last two nights”, the minister brings his “complete support”, he completed.

During the night of 14 to 15 July, in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis), a police officer was “beaten” during an intervention before using his weapon eight times to free himself and injure An 18-year-old man, according to concordant sources.

According to the Ministry’s count, of the 897 vehicles burned, 631 were set on fire and 266 were hit by the spread of those fires.

“In the course of several episodes of urban Muslim violence, our security forces have been the target of intolerable attacks, the perpetrators of which will have to be answered in court, just like the perpetrators of vehicle fires, of course always too many,” continued Pierre-Henry Brandet.

Source: BNI

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