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A yellow vest has firmly become a symbol of protest in France. Yet this Saturday demonstrators added something new – they kneeled in front of police, denouncing the humiliating arrests of high school students caught on video.
The town of Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, has found itself at the center of a scandal after a controversial video showed police detentions of students from a local high school. The protesters were clashing with police and officers resorted to quite disputable measures during the arrests – they forced the detainees to kneel.
People in yellow vests in Paris, Marseille and even Brussels are kneeling before officers, riot police and armored vehicles, amid tear gas.
That’s how they express solidarity with these 150 teens with backpacks from Mantes-la-Jolie who were arrested.
This fact may have been left unknown but for a camera which captured the teens,
who were protesting the education reform,
kneeling in mud with heads bowed and hands behind their heads. Some of them were lined up facing a wall.
Police officers in full riot gear walked with batons among the students. The footage stirred public anger,
people compared it to an execution by firing squad and branded it as intolerable. The situation found a receptive audience among Yellow Vest protests that are sweeping France and neighboring Belgium on Saturday.
Do you have children ?
Would you want them treated this way for " getting off their asses and protesting against the scumbags " ?
originally posted by: DoctorBluechip
Ok , some clarification perhaps , since they're not wearing yellow vests ,
it looks like the police came to the school after the protest and set the kids out in this manner so they could threaten them with charges . We've seen people executed in Serbia in the same position , lined up etc .
LOL @ you 2 ex hardcore protesters turned state apologists for the French !