Out­cry over teens’ roundup in France

Vi­ral video shows stu­dents kneel­ing with their hands be­hind their backs as riot po­lice barks or­ders at them

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Im­ages of dozens of high school pupils kneel­ing with their hands be­hind their heads dur­ing mass round-ups sparked an out­cry on Fri­day as France braces for more vi­o­lence at “yel­low vest” protests this week­end.

Left wing politi­cians have ex­pressed out­rage at the videos, which have gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, show­ing the teenagers kneel­ing as riot po­lice barked or­ders at them. “What­ever wrong was done, noth­ing jus­ti­fies this filmed hu­mil­i­a­tion of mi­nors,” So­cial­ist leader, Olivier Faure tweeted. “There is no need to pour even more oil on the flames.”

The stu­dents were de­tained on Thurs­day in the Paris sub­urb of Mantes-la­jolie, in an un­rest that has spread to dozens of schools dur­ing the three weeks of anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tions. A to­tal of 146 peo­ple were ar­rested out­side the town’s Saint-ex­u­pery high school af­ter pro­test­ers clashed with po­lice and burned two cars.

Lau­rent Saint-martin, a se­nior mem­ber of the rul­ing Repub­lic On The Move (LREM) party, said around 40 of the stu­dents were masked and car­ry­ing equip­ment to be used in van­dal­ism and ar­son. But he too de­scribed the videos as “shock­ing”, telling Fran­ce­info ra­dio, “It’s right to be an­gry, look­ing at these im­ages.” Protests at some 280 schools against stricter univer­sity en­trance re­quire­ments have added to a sense of gen­eral re­volt in France as the “yel­low vest” protests rum­ble on.

High school stu­dents re-en­act Thurs­day’s stu­dent ar­rest in Mantes-la-jolie dur­ing a demon­stra­tion at the place de la Republique in Paris, on Fri­day

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