Thursday, June 01, 2006

Will Paris burn, again?

Bumped and updated:
Over at real clear politics Victor Davis Hanson offers
Europe's Good Intentions Have Gone Sour
...The Dutch, the French and the Danes are petrified about unassimilated Muslim radicals in their countries who have killed or threatened the most liberal of Europeans. Churches are almost empty. Mosques are being built; Italians wrangle over plans for one of the largest in Italy - to be plopped amid the vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany.

A majority of polled Germans now believe that the pacifist Europeans are in a "clash of civilizations" with the Islamic world....

Read the whole thing and remember that the Angry Left, the core of today's Democrat Party, believes Europe’s democratic socialism and open borders should be emulated.

Violence, Riots Cause Alarm in Paris Suburbs

PARIS, May 31 -- Small gangs of youths pelted riot police with rocks and set cars and garbage bins ablaze late Tuesday in a second night of unrest in the Paris suburbs, raising fears of a return of the violence that inflamed 300 French towns and suburbs last fall.

The last two nights of violence in which youths attacked police cars, government buildings and riot police, was sparked in part by mounting resentment toward the mayor of the northeastern Paris suburb of Montfermeil who in recent weeks imposed a law forbidding youths from 15 to 18 years of age from gathering in groups of more than three and requiring anyone under 16 to be accompanied by an adult on city streets after 8 p.m.

Although the French government last fall promised to improve poor living conditions and to find more job opportunities to stem the rampant unemployment in suburbs heavily populated by immigrant families, little has been done and the government's main initiative -- a jobs reform bill -- ended in the politically disastrous student demonstrations of this spring.

At the same time, police allege crime has increased in poor suburban neighborhoods and frustration with the government has continued to fester.

"We have the painful sense that nothing has been fixed," Francois Hollande, head of the opposition Socialist party said in an interview on France-2 television.

At 9:30 Tuesday night, an estimated 15 youths threw rocks and other projectiles at police patrolling an apartment complex area. At 11 p.m., youths tossed a makeshift explosive into a police car. The police officers inside barely had time to escape before the vehicle exploded in flames.

Marauding youths set about a dozen private cars on fire and torched numerous garbage bins in Montfermeil and the adjacent town of Clichy-sous-Bois where last fall's three weeks of violence began when two teenagers were electrocuted as they tried to hide in a power substation. They believed police were chasing them…

Six police officers were reported injured slightly and 13 youths detained in Tuesday night's incidents.

In Montfermeil, a suburban town of high youth-unemployment rates and government-subsidized housing projects, young people have been growing increasingly angry at Mayor Xavier Lemoine's attempts to crack down on gang violence. Although a local court earlier this month overturned his effort to limit youth gatherings, he vowed to seek other measures.

On Monday, local residents said police roughed up a woman who protested police efforts to arrest her son, a suspect in the beating several weeks ago of a bus driver. Police ended up arresting both the mother and son, according to police.

Hooded youths Monday night hurled stones and other projectiles at Mayor Lemoine's house and city hall and attacked the police who responded with baseball bats. The clashes lasted three hours and seven police reportedly were injured.

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy -- whose undiplomatic characterizations of youths from immigrant families inflamed last fall's violence, visited police who had responded to the Monday night incidents saying: "More than 100 hooligans set upon you -- masked and carrying weapons. We are confronting not a spontaneous revolt, but hooligans who have only a single purpose, to create the most damage and injure as many people as possible."…

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