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Riots in Paris as angry masked mob set fire to cars and threw Molotov cocktails at the police


Cars were detonated by angry gangs of rioters in Paris today as thousands marched against a new law making it illegal to film the police.

Flames and thick black smoke filled the main streets of the French capital on Saturday as teenagers in black masks and balaclavas threw rockets like Molotov cocktails at the police.

By early evening there had been arrests of 22 "very violent suspects" in the Avenue Gambetta area, said a local police spokesman, who said highly organized rioters had built numerous shop windows.

The new legislation would have created a new criminal offense for posting pictures of police officers with the intent to harm them, but President Macron's administration has since committed to rewrite them after unrest across the country.

Despite the re-registration license, the opponents have pledged to continue to protest until they are completely removed.

On a day of dramatic protests, cars were set alight in the street, filling the streets of Paris with thick clouds of black smoke. In the picture: An anti-government protester in a yellow vest kneels down and raises his fist with a sign that reads: “Live, yes! Survive, no! & # 39;

During the demonstration in Paris that afternoon, protesters were blocked by riot police when yellow torches were raised

During the demonstration in Paris that afternoon, protesters were blocked by riot police when yellow torches were raised

Protesters tried to get past the riot police wall blocking the street in Paris, where fires and clashes broke out in the capital

Protesters tried to get past the riot police wall blocking the street in Paris, where fires and clashes broke out in the capital

Some members of the protest reportedly threw rockets at riot police in Paris, including Molotov cocktails

Some members of the protest reportedly threw rockets at riot police in Paris, including Molotov cocktails

During the battle between officers and protesters in Paris, police were pelted with pink paint and alleged that other rockets had been fired at them

During the battle between officers and protesters in Paris, police were pelted with pink paint and alleged that other rockets had been fired at them

After weeks of demonstrations, protesters took to the streets again today in Paris to fight the general security law proposed by the French government and to force the police to intervene

After weeks of demonstrations, protesters took to the streets again today in Paris to fight the general security law proposed by the French government and to force the police to intervene

Fires broke out across the city, including this car that was set on fire amid growing tensions between protesters and police in Paris

Fires broke out across the city, including this car that was set on fire amid growing tensions between protesters and police in Paris

"They were part of a march towards the Place de la Republique," the source said.

“Vehicles and property are set on fire and officers are attacked. The situation is very tense.

"There are hundreds of Black Bloc anarchists in the crowd making fires and breaking windows."

As the violence increased, officers responded with charges of tear gas and baton, and water cannons were used.

Local police confirmed that 22 people "very violent suspects" were arrested early in the evening in the area around Avenue Gambetta in Paris. In the picture: A protester holds an umbrella and a sign that reads "For your safety you have no more liberties" during the protests

Local police confirmed that 22 people "very violent suspects" were arrested early in the evening in the area around Avenue Gambetta in Paris. In the picture: A protester holds an umbrella and a sign that reads "For your safety you have no more liberties" during the protests

A spokesman for the local police said highly organized rioters had put up numerous shop windows in Paris

A spokesman for the local police said highly organized rioters had put up numerous shop windows in Paris

A source described the situation as "very tense" when police tried to cordon off protesters in the French capital

A source described the situation as "very tense" when police tried to cordon off protesters in the French capital

During the demonstration, large groups of protesters who had gathered on the streets of Paris and were unable to create social distance were blocked

During the demonstration, large groups of protesters who had gathered on the streets of Paris and were unable to create social distance were blocked

People marched through the streets of Paris, where fires were burning and cars were burning with signs like: “Sweet France. Dear Land of Violence & # 39;

People marched through the streets of Paris, where fires were burning and cars were burning with signs like: “Sweet France. Dear Land of Violence & # 39;

During the demonstrations, police arrested several demonstrators, including this one in Marseille, southern France

During the demonstrations, police arrested several demonstrators, including this one in Marseille, southern France

Police officers reportedly dragged a protester during today's protests in Marseille

Police officers reportedly dragged a protester during today's protests in Marseille

A week ago there were similar scenes in Paris when the police on Place de Bastille were constantly attacked.

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rewrite a new global security law that makes it illegal to post pictures of police officers that could harm the officers "physically or mentally".

Tensions are particularly high as four officers are currently being prosecuted after beating black music producer Michel Zecler two weeks ago.

More than 20 arrests were made today when violence broke out in Paris and smoke filled the streets

More than 20 arrests were made today when violence broke out in Paris and smoke filled the streets

As the violence increased, officers responded with charges of tear gas and baton, and water cannons were used

As the violence increased, officers responded with charges of tear gas and baton, and water cannons were used

In addition to shops and car windows, billboards were also destroyed by the demonstrators in Paris

In addition to shops and car windows, billboards were also destroyed by the demonstrators in Paris

The violent clashes lasted well into the afternoon when police were forced to arrest members of the protest in Paris

The violent clashes lasted well into the afternoon when police were forced to arrest members of the protest in Paris

Thousands of people marched in Paris holding posters and banners against the general security law

Thousands of people marched in Paris holding posters and banners against the general security law

As winter evening set in in Paris, the streets were full of color as fires and torches continued to burn in the city

As winter evening set in in Paris, the streets were full of color as fires and torches continued to burn in the city

Protesters have indicated that all evidence against the police comes from CCTV footage and films made by passers-by outside Mr Zecler's Black Gold studio in Paris.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he would press for the dismissal of all officials involved, saying that they had "soiled the republic's uniform".

Today there were also demonstrations against the new law in 89 other cities outside Paris.

Cars were seen burned out tonight after protests resulted in cars being set on fire in the capital

Cars were seen burned out tonight after protests resulted in cars being set on fire in the capital

Firefighters visited the scene in Paris tonight to extinguish a vehicle that had been set on fire

Firefighters visited the scene in Paris tonight to extinguish a vehicle that had been set on fire

Insurgent mobile gendarmes stand in front of an inscription on the wall that reads "Police everywhere, justice nowhere".

Insurgent mobile gendarmes stand in front of an inscription on the wall that reads "Police everywhere, justice nowhere".

Protesters were seen throwing objects in the street while standing next to a burning barricade in Paris

Protesters were seen throwing objects in the street while standing next to a burning barricade in Paris

Some protesters sat in chairs and watched a car that had been set on fire during the clashes in Paris

Some protesters sat in chairs and watched a car that had been set on fire during the clashes in Paris

Most of France remains under coronavirus lockdown, but the forces of law and order appeared relaxed today, given the large number who showed up to demonstrate.

Protesters argue that recording officers in action is essential in order to condemn and contain the actions of violent officers. They also worry about how courts would determine whether pictures were published with the intent to cause harm.

In July, three French police officers were charged with manslaughter for the death of a delivery man, Cedric Chouviat, who was videotaped by bystanders.

Mr Chouviat's death resembled the assassination of George Floyd in the state of Minneapolis, which sparked outrage worldwide and a series of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in France.