POLICE KILLING SPARK FRENCH MUSLIMS RIOTS
Riots have erupted in the French city of Grenoble, on Saturday 07/17/2010, after a local resident was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Muslim youngster rioters burned cars, attacked a tram and shops and shot at police in the suburb of La Villeneuve following a memorial service for the man, who was suspected of robbing a casino in the city.
Police said they were forced to intervene early on Saturday after a tram was stopped by a group of about 30 youths armed with baseball bats and iron bars. The gang started a fire on the rails and stoned the vehicle, forcing the passengers inside to get out.
Later dozens of cars were set alight and police used tear gas in an attempt to control the violence. At one point one of the rioters fired a shot and police returned fire, a police spokesman said.
The violence in Grenoble recalled civil unrest that exploded across France in late 2005 after two Muslim teenagers from a Paris suburb died as they were fleeing police (see also – Europe-fears).
The trouble followed a hold-up in a casino in nearby Uriage-les-Bains by two armed men in the early hours of Friday 07/16/2010. As police chased the suspects, they apparently opened, wounding an officer.
In the ensuing shootout with police, one suspect was shot in the head while the second man fled into La Villeneuve, where police helicopters flew overhead for much of the night in an attempt to locate him.
Jean Philippe, a prosecutor, said the police had acted in self-defence when they killed Karim Boudouda, but an autopsy will be carried out on his body on Saturday.
No casualties were reported on Saturday, but police and government officials have a lingering fear that the poor suburbs around France’s major cities could explode into violence as they did in 2005.
The deaths touched off almost three weeks of riots across the country, often in the rough suburbs that ring France’s major cities.
About 300 buildings and 10,000 cars were burned, while 130 police and rioters were hurt in the 2005 violence.
The high-rise neighborhoods, built in the 1950s and 1960s to house a growing population of industrial workers and immigrants, suffer due to high unemployment and poor public services.
Just 4 days earlier, on 07/13/2010, lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public (see – Burka-Ban).
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