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Clashes between police and residents after the serious accident of a young person on a scooter

Drawing. A police car in intervention, January 15, 2019, in Paris. – Clément Follain / 20 Minutes

Brief clashes between the police and residents of a sensitive area of ​​Lyon on Thursday evening after a scooter accident which seriously injured a teenager in the area the day before, we learned from corroborating sources.

According to the town hall, in the early evening clashes between young people from the district of La Duchère, in the 9th arrondissement, against police officers intervened after a series of arson of garbage cans and cars. The police used tear gas, according to the same source, who said that calm returned around 8 p.m.

Four arrests

According to the prefecture, six vehicles were burned and four people arrested. A CRS company came to reinforce the police force deployed on the spot, she said.

According to the town hall these tensions “follow” the accident Wednesday of a 13-year-old in the same sensitive area. The teenager, who was still hospitalized in a coma on Thursday, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. According to the local press, young people from the neighborhood ensure that the scooter was pursued by an unmarked police car, which the prefecture has formally denied.

“A completely abnormal situation”

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Mayor EELV Grégory Doucet, who visited the site, called for calm. “We must continue to appease. Tonight it’s gone up a notch. With an accident and a few rumors, it can easily catch fire, ”he commented on BFM Lyon.

“We know a completely abnormal situation”, for its part declared to Progress the principal of the high school La Martinière Duchère, in front of which the clashes took place. “The boarding school continues to operate this evening (…), tomorrow (Friday) probably, we will not resume classes to give the opportunity to our staff to meet, to give them an explanation”, he assured the Progress.

The Lyon public prosecutor’s office was not available Thursday evening to comment on this information or to announce the opening of possible investigations into these facts.

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