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Demonstrations against pensions: Darmanin castigates ultra-left thugs who are "there to break cops"


The Minister of the Interior "denounced the cynicism, the bordélisation, desired by part of the far left and by the ultra-left".

The ninth day of mobilization against the pension reform was marked by numerous violence between demonstrators and the police.

In Paris, but also in several large cities.

During a visit to the police headquarters on Thursday evening, the Minister of the Interior announced that 149 police officers and gendarmes had been injured in recent hours during the processions.

350 have been since the start of the dispute in mid-January.

The opportunity for Gérald Darmanin to strongly condemn these actions: the police “

have been the target of unacceptable attacks.

We throw acid, we send Molotov cocktails, we throw cobblestones

,” mocks the first cop in France.

A way of attacking the violent movements committed, according to him, by the far left, in particular in the Parisian demonstration.

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If most people demonstrated peacefully, starting with the union squares which were protected by the police, I want to note the presence of 1500 thugs, black blocks, who were visibly there to break cops and break public buildings

“, growls the Minister of the Interior.

Who raises his voice: “

I want to tell them that we are extremely determined, that the violence will not pass, that many of them have been arrested and that the video surveillance images will allow us to confuse them.


Darmanin invites the last demonstrators to "go home"

In total, more than 200 people were arrested across the country, including 103 in Paris.

For the tenant of Place Beauvau, it is essentially "

rather young profiles

", known to

the "ultraleft".

And to better “

denounce the cynicism, the bordélisation, desired by part of the extreme left and by the ultra-left, which organize calls to burn down public buildings, calls for murder against the police and against the gendarmes.


“We were able to document that the ultra-left is behind a lot of the violent protests which I don't want to confuse with peaceful protesters.

(…) The extreme left will not win”,

insists the member of the government.


"the damage is much greater than in previous days

", Gérald Darmanin calls on the last demonstrators,

"who may commit offences",

to "

return home

" because the State services will "

obviously challenge if they continue to want to light fires.


Source: lefigaro

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