Amiens Riot: Video from Amiens-Nord, France
Video Footage from August 13, 2012 Amiens-Nord Riot
A riot broke out in a poor area of Amiens, France on the night of August 13, 2012. Roughly 100 youths clashed with up to 150 police, as buckshot, fireworks, and rubber bullets were exchanged. At least 16 police officers were injured; it's not clear how many of the rioters were hurt.
Amiens-Nord is a poor neighborhood in an otherwise fairly prosperous city. Unemployment is high, income is low, and prospects are few and far between for anyone growing up there. Police arrested a man for dangerous driving during a funeral for a local, which seems to have been the tipping point for the growing tension, made worse by police "spot checks", similar to the stop-and-search procedures carried out by the NYPD.
You can see video footage from the Amiens riot below.
Prime Minister Francois Hollande vowed to take steps to clean up Amiens-Nord, but so far those steps only involve extra policing, as opposed to any measures to alleviate the conditions in which the residents live. The French government is committing to austerity measures to ease its budget woes, despite the fact that austerity measures have never worked in the past, for any country.
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