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Police fire tear gas as Paris teenagers block schools during protest

Paris teenagers have blockaded schools with burning rubbish bins and clashed with riot officers at an unauthorised protest, amid anger over the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton and other alleged police abuse.

Police fired tear gas on small groups of protesters and detained 11 people after a crowd of about 1,000 youths marched on the Place de la Nation, according to a police spokesman.

The plaza in eastern Paris is associated with the French revolution.

Some protesters wore masks and lit flares. One group carried a banner reading Vengeance for Theo, the name of the alleged rape victim.

Students blocked 16 of the region's 103 high schools with makeshift barricades and disrupted 12 others, a Paris school district spokesman said. Extra security measures were put in place at the affected schools.

The alleged attack on Theo last month in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois also has prompted public rallies of support for the 22-year-old, as well as violent protests around the capital.

Theo, who was in hospital for two weeks, has become a symbol for minorities standing up to alleged police violence. His last name has not been publicly released.

One officer has been charged with rape in the case, and three others with aggravated assault. All deny intentional wrongdoing.



From Belfast Telegraph