Clashes between protesters and the police in the Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne continued on 21 April with videos of protests showing people launching fireworks at law enforcement.
The police, in turn, deployed reinforcements to deal with the disturbances.
The protests spilled over to the neighboring communities of Asnieres, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Saint-Denis, Villepinte, and Neuilly-sur-Marne as well in some parts of the Hauts-de-Seine department – in the western suburbs of Paris.
Videos purportedly from the scene suggest that the rioters set garbage bins on fire and launched fireworks in the direction of not only law enforcement, but also at firefighters, who came to put out the fires allegedly started by the protesters.
The riots, which had previously been reported as “anti-lockdown” by the British tabloid the Daily Mail, started in the wake of an incident that left a 30-year-old motorcyclist with a broken leg after colliding with an open door of a police car.
The circumstances of the incident, including on why the door was opened in the first place, so far remain unclear.
The authorities say that the police opened the door because they were about to stop the biker, who was traveling at a high rate of speed.
At the same time, some witnesses and videos allegedly depicting the incidents on social media suggested that the door could have been opened deliberately in a bid to stop the biker.
The latter was seriously injured under circumstances that are still being investigated.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2020.