Four people, including a French basketball hopeful, arrested after riots in Limoges

The Haut-Viennes National Police announced on Friday 5 August 2022 that they had arrested four people after the urban riots that broke out at the beginning of the week in the Val-de-Laurence region of Limoges.



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The Val-de-Lawrence area of ​​Limoges was the scene of clashes between dozens of masked young men and the police, on the nights of Monday 1 to Tuesday 2 and Tuesday 2 to Wednesday August 3, 2022. Four people were arrested after this riot, La Voix du Nord reports.

Among these four people is a 21-year-old male who has been presented as “The hope of French basketball”. While in police custody, he confessed to throwing projectiles at the police.

During the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, a CRS-8 police officer was slightly injured by mortar fire, Haut-Vienne County Secretary General Jean-Philippe Auriac said. The CRS-8 unit, a unit created to travel quickly across the territory, was deployed on Tuesday evening in Limoges at the request of the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin. According to a union source, one hundred young men participated in the clashes.

Molotov cocktails, mortars, and projectiles of all kinds

During the night of Monday to Tuesday, three cars were burnt during the first clashes between the police and about forty people. The clashes lasted for about five hours, according to the governorate that condemned Unacceptable urban violence. The clashes began after firefighters, backed by the police, arrived to put out a car fire. Immediately upon their arrival at this priority area, the police were greeted with jets of Molotov cocktails, mortars and shells of all kinds, a police source said.

During that night, five National Police and Municipal Police crews were mobilized. They responded with dismantling grenades, according to the same source.

organized gangs

According to the governorate’s general secretary, most of the opponents to the police during these two nights are young people between the ages of 13 and 17, from sub-Saharan Africa and Mayotte. “It’s a neighborhood where violent drift has been going on for years, with really organized gangs, mainly merchants, organized around Mahoris teams,” LR Mayor of Limoges Emile Roger Lomberti, who calls for additional police to deal with These are 70-90 people. striving to be “Totally masters of the neighborhood.”

“I found myself in a guerrilla zone by taking my son to nursery school,” Discover the main road to the area Stones, bullets, Molotov cocktails and broken bottles were scattered.A mother testified on Wednesday morning saying she saw this group of “Young people who feel unpunished.”

That’s according to a 43-year-old nurse from the neighborhood “Gang” Exercise “Drug circulation openly”, with “Many conscripted minors”, Than “Mothers get sick.”

Val de Lawrence has a population of 2,500 and is located in the far west of Limoges. As a result of the policy of building large residential complexes of the years 1960-70, it was rehabilitated and classified as a “priority area” like eight other areas in Limoges.





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