Union escort for protesting Paris studentsAn extensive security detail? An Escort? Protecting them against what, pray tell?
PARIS, March 15 (AFP) - Thousands of French high-school students who demonstrated against the government in central Paris Tuesday were protected by an extensive security detail after violence and muggings that marred a similar march a week ago. Unions provided an escort of several hundred stewards and police controlled access to the route between Republique and Nation squares. The march passed off peacefully with only a handful of arrests.
Hundreds of young rioters from poor Paris suburbs disrupted the demonstration on March 8, beating teenagers to the ground and stealing mobile telephones and cameras. Le Monde newspaper carried disturbing interviews with attackers and victims in last week's trouble - both sides agreeing that the violence was exclusively carried out on white boys and girls by black and Arab teenagers.'Just asking for it,’ Heikel said. Hmmmm. You know, maybe he’s got a point. As the old one goes: ‘As ye sow, so shall ye reap.’
"If I went, it was not to demonstrate but to take telephones and beat people up. There were groups of people running about stirring things up, and in the middle these idiots - these little French people just asking for it," an 18-year-old of Tunisian origin called Heikel said.
"We came to demonstrate against inequalities and we got beaten up. . ." said Tristan Goldbronn, 16, who was badly hurt.Let’s hear from Heikel again:
Enter: the inevitable (lefty) social commentator:
Heikel, who attends a secondary school in the area, told Le Monde that the mainly white Parisian students who took part in the march - known in street parlance as "bolos" - were seen as spoilt and privileged, and therefore fair game.
"A bolo - he's a sitting duck, a victim," he said.
Ahhh - the Left. What would we do without them.
"It is the symptom of a real struggle between two worlds," sociologist Dominique Pasquier told the newspaper.
"Those who feel they are being relegated by the system want to take it out on those who they feel are privileged. In some establishments the split can turn into a real confrontation between whites and immigrants," he said.
Now, just picture all those young leftist faces for a moment, their youthful fists raised in revolutionary ardour, their red banners flapping bravely in the breeze, all those carefully sculpted and earnest young masks of left wing student-agitator angst, marching as one.
Then picture, if you will, how quickly those solemn young leftist faces must have changed, the looks of shock and surprise, when hundreds of representatives of a poor and wickedly downtrodden minority - their brothers and comrades in the workers' rage against the machine - arrived for the meet. . .
. . .and then beat the living tripe out of them.
But no hard feelings, hey fellas. It was just an expression of cultural diversity, after all.