Riot Clouds France On The Eve Of Bastille Day

July 14th, 2009 - 8:00 pm ICT by GD  

franceFrance became cordoned in a tight ring of security just hours before it was on way to celebrate the national holiday of Bastille Day. French youths had supposedly set 317 cars on fire on the streets of France, as they led the commotion through the streets. Almost 13 police officers were reported to have been injured, minor to critical, in the encounter with the riotous mob. The injured police officers are reportedly facing temporary hearing impairment because of the impact of the explosions of the home made explosives that had been blasted during the riots. On the eve of the Bastille Day, a series of riots had broke out.

Police reports suggest that almost 240 people had been arrested in connection to the riots, which is almost double the number that had been taken in to police custody on the very same day last year. This is falling in to a casual pattern with unruly riots disrupting the peace of the street every year on the eve of the Bastille Day.

The riots might have been sparked because of the death of a 21 year old Algerian youth’s death that had occurred while in police custody. His family refused to buy the story that he had died while trying to hang himself in the cell, earlier this week. The court has ordered a second autopsy to be done in order to clear all air of suspicion on the matter. Three nights of riot had followed in the southern town of Firminy, right after the incident. The reason is not very clear as of now.

The Bastille Day is a historic chapter in the history of the world as enraged mobs had taken over the fortress prison of Bastille on July 14 day in 1789 and brought down the reign of monarchy. The French Revolution had ensued following which. Keeping alive the tradition, if can be said.

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