Hun­dreds of pupils held as riot cri­sis in France grows

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Peter Allen

RI­OT­ERS as young as 12 were among 153 ar­rested at a sin­gle high school in France as the coun­try’s law and or­der cri­sis in­ten­si­fied.

As­ton­ish­ing video of po­lice guard­ing the young­sters from the school in Mante-la-Jolie, 30 miles west of Paris, was posted on so­cial me­dia.

The pupils are on their knees. Some have their hands bound and are fac­ing a wall while the rest have their hands be­hind their heads.

Of­fi­cers in riot gear are bark­ing out in­struc­tions af­ter telling the chil­dren they all faced violent dis­or­der charges in­clud­ing ‘par­tic­i­pa­tion in an armed crowd’. All had al­legedly taken part in a na­tion­wide day of ac­tion aimed at blockad­ing schools and col­leges in op­po­si­tion to re­form of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, and in sup­port of the ‘Yel­low Vest’ demon­stra­tors.

Cars and bins had been burned at the Mante-la-Jolie school, and there had been threats to burn it down, say po­lice. An In­te­rior Min­istry source said 700 pupils were ar­rested across France in con­nec­tion with school demon­stra­tions.

Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has backed down over tax rises that sparked protests but more un­rest is ex­pected to­day.

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