A video showing suicide calls to the police after the
latest Yellow Vest protests has caused indignation in France.
The prosecutor's office opened an investigation on Sunday. Journalist Lucas Burel published a video during Saturday's protests in Paris that featured the call, "Kill yourselves." Burel wrote that some protesters had called this out to the police. Numerous French politicians condemned the incident. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner spoke of a "shame," and Nice's Mayor Christian Estrosi called the incident "disgusting." "This hatred of the police is ideological and unfortunately systematic in the ranks of anarchists," said the right-wing populist Marine Le Pen.
France is currently alarmed by an extremely high number of suicides in the ranks of the police. Castaner had recently announced better psychological care for officers. Journalists have also complained that reporters were arrested during the demonstrations on Saturday. "Two independent journalists were arrested and several others targeted by hard rubber bullets, although they were clearly identified as press," Reporters Without Borders said.
"If journalists are arrested - which can happen - they will of course not be arrested in their capacity as journalists, but because of the crimes committed," Castaner told French news agency AFP.
The Yellow Vest demonstrations on Saturday saw rioting again, with vehicles being set alight. The movement has been demonstrating against the reform policies of President Emmanuel Macron since mid-November.
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