The Paris prosecutor's office has opened up an inquiry into an incident of “intentional violence” by a police officer against a demonstrator that occurred during yellow vest protests on 18 January, AFP reported.
A video of the incident was widely shared on social media, sparking outrage as it depicted a helmeted officer repeatedly punching a man being held down on the ground, with the latter’s face covered in blood.
allo @Place_Beauvau - c'est pour un signalement - 870— David Dufresne (@davduf) January 18, 2020
Manifestant maîtrisé, au sol, puis frappé à terre.
Paris, secteur Gare de l’Est, #Acte62, 18 janvier 2020, vers 14h. Source: Pat Ricia sur https://t.co/MANxKPtEQE pic.twitter.com/bfGmG30h4t
The Paris Police Prefecture also announced that it had asked the Directorate of Public Order and Traffic (DOPC) to open an “internal administrative” investigation into the matter.
Tweet: A video showing a police intervention during the #manifestation of January 18 is currently circulating on social networks. The Police Prefecture asked the DOPC to shed light on this action by opening an internal administrative investigation.
Une vidéo montrant une intervention de police dans le cadre de la #manifestation du 18 janvier circule actuellement sur les réseaux sociaux. Le préfet de Police a demandé à la DOPC de faire toute la lumière sur cette action en ouvrant une enquête administrative interne.— Préfecture de Police (@prefpolice) January 19, 2020
On Saturday, protests in Paris against the proposed pension reform turned into violent clashes with the police, which later deployed tear gas in response to the demonstrators throwing projectiles. More than 30 people have reportedly been arrested as a result of the demonstrations.
This marked the 62nd week of yellow vest protests, which have been going on in France, and Paris especially, since November 2018. While the demonstrators initially opposed fuel tax hikes, the protesters are now striking against a planned pension overhaul, with Paris Metro workers also being on strike for the sixth consecutive week.