Sunday, May 06, 2007

Place de la Bastille cleared, barricades put up near the Gare de Lyon

The Place de la Bastille was cleared towards 23h45 by riot police. Approximately 300 demonstrators then moved down the rue de Lyon and put up barricades made from burning garbage cans near the Gare de Lyon train station.

Two fire trucks were on the scene awaiting protection from riot police before intervening. An office of the AMF insurance company was ransacked and a car was flipped over. News reporters and cameramen have been targeted by demonstrators and accused of "collaborating with Nicolas Sarkozy".

The demonstrators, mostly 20-something French youths have been chanting "Sarko fascist" and "Sarko, the people will have your hide".

Several motorcycles and a truck were torched at the Place de la Bastille. Bricks have been pried out of the pavement and thrown at police. One news photographer was hit in the face by a brick.

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