Sad Scenes In France As Police Clashed With Firefighters During Last Weeks Protests
Another video has emerged on social media of the moment when french riot police clash with firefighters who have been protesting against cuts to their pension and their overall working conditions.
In the video below, police and firefighters stand toe-to-toe and fight each other in front of stunned onlookers who can be seen fleeing from the area.
Thousands of firefighters took to the streets last Tuesday, starting small fires and setting their protective jackets alight as they demanded better working conditions.
Loads of videos have been uploaded to social media over the last week, which shows battles between the two divisions of the emergency services.
And many people have been shocked at the sight of firefighters having fistfights with their colleagues in the police.
Many of the firefighters had travelled into Paris from the suburbs to show their support for one another. Some of the firefighters threw projectiles at the police.
The police responded by deploying water cannons and tear gas to try and scatter the firefighters. Some protesters blocked the main ring road of Paris but were quickly dispersed by riot police.
The firefighters, who also respond to general emergency calls, have been protesting against what they said were ever-worsening working conditions with limited resources.
“We are the final link in the chain of emergency aid in France, and we are overwhelmed by call-outs,” said Frederic Perrin, head of the SPASDIS-CFTC union.
The firefighters have been calling for staff levels to be maintained and have also been demanding that their existing pension system be protected.
They have also said that they want their salaries to brought in line with those of the police service.
“We need the staffing and means to respond to this and also a guarantee that we can concentrate on our core missions, emergency response, and not serve as a supplement to absent health services,” Perrin told AFP.
Unions representing the firefighters later called off the movement after what they said was a satisfactory response from the French government, which included an increase of their salary premium for risk-taking.
You’d think that Police attacking Firefighters would make the news
Stuart Richards @GMBStuart·20h You’d think that Police attacking Firefighters would make the news But no, @BBCNews , @itvnews and @Channel4News continue to ignore the protests in France #GiletJaunesPosted by Walking the Breadline on Monday, February 3, 2020