Teenagers and police clashed during coronavirus protests in Paris, where violence erupted, fires burned in the streets, and a police car was vandalized.
Students gathered outside a high school in Compiegne, in the north of Paris, to protest over new restrictions that had been imposed to tackle the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The situation turned violent as police attempted to break up the crowd.
This is the second escalation in recent days, as teachers and students have been opposing the government’s decision to keep schools open during the nationwide lockdown, arguing that being forced into a crowded environment puts their health at risk.
Footage on social media showed young people setting fire to barricades that had been set up outside a high school, as well as attempting to overturn a police car.
Révolte lycéenne à #Compiegne— Cerveaux non disponibles (@CerveauxNon) November 9, 2020
La colère ne faiblit pas dans les #lycées face au mutisme du gouvernement sur la crise actuelle.
A Compiègne ce lundi, des barricades en feu devant le lycée Mireille Grenet, où une voiture de police a été fortement secouée.pic.twitter.com/I7Iq4XAE4e