Sunday, October 29, 2006

Paris -
Of Lights

We can tell from the news that things are looking up for France in their Battle Of The "Youths" (From Atlas Shrugs):

The new buzzword in France "relative calm" - translation rioting, mayhem, WaPo is reporting 25 arrested , FOX 47, I am hearing scores .......... here is the sanitized version.


Six police officers suffered minor injuries and 25 people were arrested in scattered violence across France on the first anniversary of the start of nationwide riots, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Police had deployed 4,000 reinforcements across the country Friday night to brace for a replay of violence in mostly poor, immigrant suburbs.

Marauding youths torched two public buses and police and firefighters were targeted in some towns, but overall, the Interior Ministry said in a statement that the night was "relatively calm."

Six officers were slightly injured, the statement said, without elaborating on where or how. Of the 25 arrests, 21 were in the Paris suburbs, where the greatest violence had been expected.

Scores of police, wielding shields and backed by a helicopter blaring its lights, swept into a tough housing project in Montfermeil, a neighboring town to Clichy-sous-Bois, and several youths responded by throwing stones.

Up to 30 cars were torched in Montfermeil, according to another police official.

Paris' transport authority responded to Friday's violence by curtailing bus services in the Seine-Saint-Denis region north of the capital, which is home to thousands of immigrants and their French-born children.

No Pasaran has got more here;

A young woman was seriously burned and 3 other people hurt on Saturday evening in northern Marseille when a bus was attacked by French youths.Just after 9PM, 3 or 4 youths forced open the doors of a bus at a stop in Marseille's 13th district. They threw a Molotov cocktail and fled.4 passengers were injured including a woman who has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her arms, legs, and face. She has been hospitalized and doctors have not yet made any announcement as to her condition.3 other passengers suffered from smoke inhalation and were hospitalized. The bus was completely destroyed.

And now France's city of model integration, Marseilles, is burning:

MARSEILLE, France - France's interior minister sent riot police to patrol the southern port city of Marseille on Sunday after a group of marauding teenagers torched a bus, gravely burning a young woman.

On Saturday, 46 people were taken into custody, most of them in the communities around Paris, and two police officers were slightly injured. The most serious violence was the brutal bus attack in Marseille.

A group of young people burst onto the bus and tossed in a bottle of flammable liquid before fleeing, police said, citing witnesses' accounts. The resulting fire injured a 26-year-old woman, who suffered second- and third-degree burns on her arms, legs and face and was in a medically induced coma on Sunday.

President Jacques Chirac telephoned the woman's family, ensuring them that France would "do everything to find the assailants and punish them with the greatest severity," his office said.

The "youths" festivities have spread into Belgium. Brussels Journal has more:

These past few days, there have been some «small fires» – small indeed – in the Brussels area, but today the fire brigade was lured into an ambush in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. There were no casualties, but apparently we'll have to see a few dead before it will be possible to reflect seriously on what is really going on in Brussels. The authorities did not want to confirm a connection to the fires in Paris, but did not dare to deny it either.

From the events of today and the past few days it is clear that things are getting out of control in some parts of Brussels. When even the fire brigade becomes the target of these «youngsters», as they are usually called in the Belgian press, the conclusion can only be that it's already five past twelve, not only in Paris, but in Brussels too.

Surely, one can argue that the identity checks by the police are not always completely justified, and sometimes too frequent, but I find it hard to believe that the immigrants could have any reason at all to throw rocks at firemen who are just trying to do their job. If this continues, there will be casualties sooner or later, and then the fire brigade's latent "racism" will of course be blamed for not having gotten some Moroccan family out of its burning house quickly enough, or extinguished the fire in an apartment block, or something else that went terribly wrong.

Sociologists and other professional anti-racists, always keen enough to give us their opinion about what is wrong in the immigrant districts, should explain now what the fire brigade could done to deserve being targeted like it was this afternoon, and why youths are allowed to play with other people's lives.

UPDATE: France is awarding two of the most famous marauding "youths" (the one's who got the ball rolling in last year's rioting) with an official state-sanctioned memorial, you know, like, as if they were heroes or something:

Last year’s French riots were triggered by the deaths of two “youths,” who fled a police ID check, broke into an electrical substation to hide, and were electrocuted when they touched something they shouldn’t have.

Last Friday officials and residents of Clichy-sous-Bois, scene of some of the worst rioting, dedicated a monument to these two disenchanted fleeing criminals: Silent march for dead youths in France’s suburbs.

Relatives and friends of two French teenagers who were electrocuted as they fled from police a year ago have gathered in Clichy-sous-Bois near Paris. A plaque was unveiled in front of their school, and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the power sub-station where the teenagers tried to hide.

The deaths of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore sparked three weeks of violent riots in France’s poor suburbs as the young and unemployed vented their anger over what they saw as lack of opportunity and racial discrimination. The crowd gathered in silent prayer wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Dead for nothing”.

“It’s not by restricting them, or leaving them at home, or stopping them from going out - that’s not a solution,” said Zyed’s father. “The solution is to find them jobs, create training centres.” An inquiry into the teenagers’ deaths could lead to charges of negligence against several police officers.

Ah, to be young in gay ole' Paree.