French car burning cult goes wild, injures 77 police
Rampaging youths rioted for a second night in Paris' suburbs, firing at officers and ramming burning cars into buildings. At least 77 officers were injured, a senior police union official said Tuesday."Youths" is the French expression for Muslims. In the UK the term "Asian" is usual. Earlier reports indicated that the two killed were on bikes that were stolen and they were fleeing arrest. This sounds more like urban warfare by a Muslim insurgency. It also has the appearance of a violent tantrum by groups who fill they should get away with crimes. The French cannot afford to let that condition fester. It has to suppress the car burning cult now.
The overnight violence was more intense than during three weeks of rioting in 2005, said the official, Patrice Ribeiro. He said that ''genuine urban guerillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons'' were among the rioters.
The riots were triggered by the deaths of two teens killed in a crash with a police patrol car on Sunday in Villiers-le-Bel, a blue-collar town in Paris' northern suburbs.
Residents claimed that officers left the crash scene without helping the teens, whose motorbike collided with the car. Officials cast doubt on the claim, but the internal police oversight agency was investigating.
Rioting first erupted in Villiers-le-Bel on Sunday night. It grew worse and spread Monday night to other towns north of Paris. Rioters hurled stones and petrol bombs at police, authorities said.
The use of firearms added a dangerous new dimension. Firearms are widespread in France, and police generally carry guns. Guns, though, were rarely used in the 2005 riots that spread to poor housing projects nationwide.
Police are facing ''a situation that is far worse than that of 2005,'' said Ribeiro, national secretary of the Synergie officers union.
''Our colleagues will not allow themselves to be fired upon indefinitely without responding,'' he warned on RTL radio. ''They will be placed in situations which will become untenable.''
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is visiting China, appealed for calm and called a security meeting with his ministers for Wednesday on his return to France. The violence and the use of firearms against officers presented his government, in office since his election victory in May, with a stern test.
CNN has more on the violence. "Some residents, populated largely by immigrants and their French-born children, accused police of fleeing the crash scene. However, three eyewitnesses, interviewed on TV, said the police stayed and tried to revive the two boys with mouth to mouth resuscitation." Facts matter little to a mob that rejects the rule of law.
Gateway Pundit has more on teh car burning cult including several photos.