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Clashes between Police Forces and High School Students in La Réunion Island

Written by Lova Rakotomalala On 3 February 2014 @ 10:28 am | 4 Comments

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Clashes between students and police forces broke out on January 31 and February 1 in Saint-Denis, La réunion Island. Some shops in the district of La Chaudron were looted and some vehicles were torched, according to a police source. Anne Mariotti, a reporter at  Journal de l’île de la Réunion [1], writes that residents are confused about the causes of the violence [2] [fr]:

L’incompréhension, aussi, parce qu’il ne s’agit pas de magasins de première nécessité! J’ai parlé à la gérante d’un magasin de hi-fi, qui ne comprenait pas: ça n’a plus rien à voir avec une manifestation contre la vie chère.  

[Residents] don't understand because the shops that were attacked are not selling staple products. I talked to one audio shop manager who was at loss with the attacks : this has nothing to do with protesting the cost of living anymore.

This infographic shows the statistics on violence in La Réunion Island in the recent years [fr]:

Statistics on violence in La Réunion Island via Insee - Public Domain [3]

Statistics on violence in La Réunion Island via Insee – Public Domain

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[1]  Journal de l’île de la Réunion: http://www.clicanoo.re/

[2] residents are confused about the causes of the violence: http://www.20minutes.fr/societe/884771-violences-reunion-des-jeunes-dit-voulaient-recommencer-mercredi-soir

[3] Image: http://www.insee.fr/fr/regions/reunion/default.asp?page=themes/insee_partenaires/ip16/ip16.htm

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