may memories / 07

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

 7th May, 1968 : In the last two days, Paris has seen the worst street fighting since the Liberation in 1944. Up to 30,000 students, locked out of their campus by the Sorbonne Rector, Jean Roche, have fought the tear gas of the riot police with barricades, bricks, paving stones and Molotov cocktails. The trouble has been fermenting for some time. On 20th March, six students were arrested after an anti-American demonstration; the next day, a mass sit-in at the Nanterre campus began. Last Friday, the police forcibly evicted the students, who were led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Nearly 1,000 people were injured, including 345 policemen harassed by student “commando squads”. Today, a crowd sang the Communist anthem, the Internationale, at the Arc de Triomphe. Later the barricades and the violence, reappeared.

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One Response to may memories / 07

  1. commander en france says:

    A rioter one day, a respected politician the next.

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