Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Chinese riot 'more like pogrom'
A NEW insight into the rioting involving Chinese people in Paris, has been provided by French anarchists who were at the scene.
They say the theme of the protest, to protect their community from attacks, was reactionary rather than radical in nature.
Describing what they saw on Angry News from Around the World, they write: "All of a sudden people start running. We believe that everyone is fleeing yet another load of cops, but we realize very quickly that it is something else.
"Demonstrators are chasing kids, that they are calling 'blacks and Arabs', by throwing glass bottles. One of the kids falls down, and tries to hide under the porch of a doorway.
"Running to their side, we have to calm the fury of the lynch mob. They let go this time. "We understand, listening to conversations: that 'the cops don't do their job, leaving thieves at large, the protesters have decided to take matters in hand and avenge themselves.'
"We also understand that everything started from the theft of the handbag of a demonstrator by a kid in the neighborhood, then the attempt by protesters to deliver the kid to the cops, who did not want him.
"It is from here that the demonstrators unchained their violence against the cops. Unrestrained violence, such as one was not used to seeing. Violence to punish the cops for not doing their job well enough.
"The cops decide to retreat, flooding the place under a thick cloud of teargas fired into the crowd. More than fifty cop vehicles disappear in the blink of an eye, just as the violence was beginning to reach a peak.
"Clearly, the cops decided to abandon the place to let the inter-community violence unfold, while an hour earlier it was against the cops that everyone was insisting.
"This then led to a ballet between three to four hundred members of the Chinese community and some black and Arab kids, sometimes beaten to the ground by dozens of people and accused in a rush of being thieves, in front of thirsty journacops having smelt the smell of blood and large-titles, good scavengers that they are.
"But at the time of writing, nothing definite has yet emerged in the media about what really happened. We have seen some sort of makeshift militias, bringing together over a hundred Asians, to the neighbouring estate to beat up black and Arab people in a man-hunt reminiscent of the pogroms."