Various radical leftist groups and professional anarchists swarmed the Place de la République in Paris where flowers and candles were placed in memory of those killed by terrorists.
The “green” activists, communists and various agenda driven left wing groups destroyed the memorial and used the candles to attack French riot police. Much of their expressed anger is directed toward the new rules within a declared three month state of emergency following the terrorist attacks.
(Via France24) […] France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Sunday evening that 208 people had been arrested in connection with the clashes, of which 178 had been charged.
Speaking from an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, French President François Hollande condemned the actions of the activists involved.
“These disruptive elements have nothing to do with defenders of the environment,” he said.
“It is doubly regrettable, even scandalous that this happened at the Place de la République where flowers and candles have been left in memory of those who were killed by the terrorists’ bullets.”
The climate pressure group 350.org distanced itself from the illegal protest, saying that the demonstrators had violated the “nonviolent pledge that every group involved in the climate coalition” agreed to.
The statement expressed hope that France would not clamp down further on freedoms during the conference following the incident.
A march planned for Sunday in Paris ahead of the UN climate change summit taking place at Le Bourget outside the capital was banned by police under the state of emergency rules imposed after the November 13 attacks, which were claimed by Islamic State group militants. (read more)