France Still Burns: Day 16
The French government has responded to nearly two weeks of destructive rioting by imposing emergency curfew laws that were written during and have not been used since Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Violent unrest which began in the suburbs of Paris has since spread to over 300 municipalities throughout the country and to numerous cities in neighboring Germany and Belgium.
German police have rejected the idea that any of the disturbances that left ten cars burned in cities across Germany were related to similar instances in France. A police spokesman in the western city of Cologne told the press, "We don't have Parisian conditions here." Instead, they suggested that revolutionary extremists may be responsible.
In Belgium, a number of vehicles were also set on fire and anarchists threw a molotov cocktail at the office of extreme right Flemish Interest party in Brugge and were later apprehended. Rioters in France have been using cell phones and text messages to coordinate guerrilla-style maneuvers in order to ambush police and attack property using tactics compared to those used by "anti-globalization protesters."
French authorities also arrested a number of internet bloggers suspected of inciting violence. The author of a blog called "Hardcore" was arrested after publishing a post titled "Destroy France," which allegedly called for rioters to "take out all of France."
On Wednesday night a school was burned down in the southern city of Toulouse, sabotage at two power substations in Lyon caused serious blackouts in the city, and serious arson attacks occurred elsewhere. <---from http://bombsandshields.blogspot.com/
Greek anarchists attack French schools
ATHENS, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Groups of anarchists broke windows, threw paint and spray-painted slogans at French cultural institutes in Athens and northern Greece in support of rioters in France, Greek police said on Friday.
About 50 people, wearing hoods and helmets and carrying red and black flags, threw stones, spark plugs and bottles filled with paint at the central Athens French Institute on Friday morning, breaking windows and damaging parked vehicles.
Police said there were no injuries and the group dispersed quickly after the attack.
Another group attacked the French institute in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday evening, smashing windows while classrooms were filled with language students.
They spray-painted "Rioters Are Right" on the front of the building.
"They just appeared out of nowhere, I think about 70 or 80 of them. They smashed everything and we just sat there terrified," one student told reporters.
Poor French suburbs have been hit by two weeks of rioting. French police have arrested hundreds of people in what is considered the most serious unrest since student-led protests in 1968.