Witnessing State-Sanctioned Violence during Paris Gilets Jaunes March Acte XII

Vanessa Beeley – Patreon Feb 4, 2019

2nd February 2019 – Acte XII March in honour of victims of French state sanctioned violence.

I was on yesterday’s march in honour of the victims and injured by state violence in France. It was a peaceful, good humoured march – the only infractions carried out by Antifa or Casseurs who were driven away by the Gilets Jaunes before they could cause too much damage. When we arrived at Place de la Republique, Police surrounded the area, cutting off all exits, they then kettled all civilians, including demonstrators, passers-by, tourists, children into the Place de la Republique.  Tear gas was rained down on people in the square and intermittently the Police factions would charge the crowd. This is one of those charges, during which, a journalist was thrown violently to the ground.

I will be writing an article on the march and my experience of lobotomized violence from the French “security” forces but I am just publishing a few videos and images in the meantime. ]#

Gilets Jaunes Acte XII – Man is Shot in the Face and Arrested

Acte XII Paris – Place de la Republique.

This video shows the moment a man, who is not provoking police, is shot by a LBD40 “Flashball” bullet in the jaw – despite claims that the shooting is random, police are systematically targeting heads, faces and eyes with a weapon that has a precision sight so is very accurate. Note also that the police are only a few meters from the target which will increase the velocity at close range and will do huge damage.  We see the medics trying to treat the man, asking if he has family they can contact. A policeman forces bystanders away who are filming. We also see the police forcing the injured man to his knees and arresting him rather than sending him to hospital. Inhumanity on a terrible scale.  I was on this march and witnessed the disproportionate police violence and brutality against unarmed demonstrators and civilians who were also trapped in the Place Republique after police closed all exits.