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Lyon burns for 3rd night in a row, as unrest and violence continues (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
At least five people were arrested, two cars incinerated, one police car damaged, as street furniture and public bins were also destroyed, in the third consecutive night of violence in the French city of Lyon.
After incidents in the Alagniers district on Friday and the Duchère district on Thursday, violence erupted on the streets of Bron, outside of Lyon, on Saturday evening, shortly before a curfew.
Cest la guerre Bron ?? pic.twitter.com/0e8rpBz7DT— znb (@ophmlb) March 6, 2021
#Lyon, #RillieuxLaPape, et ce soir #Bron qui s'embrase!— Commissaires de Police SICP (@SICPCommissaire) March 6, 2021
Des voyous s'en prennent une voiture de #Police!
La culture de l'excuse, le sentiment d'impunit, l'absence d'incarcration.
Le cocktail explosif qui donne cela
Prochaine tape, ce sera quoi?#PoliceNationale #Grenoble pic.twitter.com/YxPLoY7HUR
Police were pelted with numerous projectiles as they responded to several vehicle fires – their own vehicles were damaged in the incident.
LYON : Des #policiers d'une PS sur Lyon 8 ont t pris partie par une trentaine dindividus. Pas de blesss chez les fdo mais un vhicule administratif dtruit. @villedelyon @Interieur_Gouv pic.twitter.com/uHw25wPg0B— ALLIANCE PN (@alliancepolice) March 6, 2021
France’s Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin said there had been at least 21 arrests in recent days in the greater Lyon area as the public grows increasingly frustrated at the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, including the weekend curfew.
“No act of violence can be accepted. Support police forces,” he tweeted.
Saturday’s violence follows Darmanin’s decision to deploy an additional 200 police and gendarmes to the city as reinforcements to help curb the spread of nightly violence.
Some 13 vehicles were burned in the Alagniers district of Lyon on Friday night, as at least six people were arrested.
On Thursday evening, there were clashes between angry residents and police, after a 13-year-old boy was left in a coma after crashing his scooter. Many were blaming the police for what had happened.