Schools, courts, post offices, universities and hospitals were closed, with public transport severely disrupted, as up to 200 marches were organised against President Nicolas Sarkozy's approach to the global downturn.Paris, strikes, violenece, irrational demands? Is that it?
The biggest protests were in Paris, where police said up to 85,000 people took five hours to walk from Place de la République to Place de la Nation. As the light faded, hundreds of riot police were sent to the area where anarchist groups waving revolutionary flags were among those massing. Riot police fired rounds of tear gas after demonstrators lit fires and smashed shop windows. Fighting broke out on all corners of the square, with police moving in to try to arrest ring leaders.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Apologies to the readers
Sincere apologies to our readers for not posting anything on this particular incident. At our afternoon editorial staff meeting yesterday it just did not register to any of us as "news":
Posted by Georges at 05:32