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Outrage after video shows police beating teenager in France

Outrage after video shows police beating teenager in France

PARIS: A video of a police officer punching a teenager sparked fury in France on Friday, with high school pupils staging violent protests outside police stations in Paris.

The video shows two policemen holding up a 15-year-old boy while another violently punches him, on the sidelines of student protests on Thursday against proposed labour reforms.

The boy, attending a protest in the French capital, was lying on the ground surrounded by the police when one of them shouted at him to get up before punching him.

“We were protesting, throwing eggs. A policeman ... charged at me, hit me to the ground then he told me ‘get up, get up’ and he punched me ... my head was spinning,” the boy told local media.




Both Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Paris police chief Michel Cadot described the images as “shocking.” French students reacted angrily, pelting two Paris police stations with stones and setting off tear gas canisters.

Published in Dawn, March 26th, 2016

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