Police TEAR GAS students after pupils protest at French schools

Police TEAR GAS students after pupils protest at French schools

November 3, 2020

Police TEAR GAS students after pupils at French schools demonstrate against ‘inadequate’ covid safety measures in classrooms

  • Students and staff of some French high school demonstrated outside their establishments on Tuesday 
  • They rallied against against what they said were inadequate health measures as schools remain open 
  • Several dozen students used wheelie bins, metal grills and supermarkets trolleys to block school entrance 
  • Some students hurled coloured liquid and glass projectiles when riot officers moved in 

Riot police pepper-sprayed students after they blockaded a Paris high school on Tuesday in a protest over inadequate COVID-19 sanitary measures, following the decision to keep schools open during a new lockdown.

About 10 high schools in Paris took part in protests denouncing class sizes and canteen conditions in their establishments. 

Several dozen students used wheelie bins, metal grills and supermarkets trolleys to block access to the entrance of the Lycee Colbert in central Paris during the morning and hung a banner reading ‘on strike’ from a ground floor window.

Some students hurled coloured liquid and glass projectiles when riot officers moved in, using pepper spray and their shields to push the pupils back.

Riot police pepper-sprayed students after they blockaded a Paris high school on Tuesday in a protest over inadequate COVID-19 sanitary measures, following the decision to keep schools open during a new lockdown 

Some students hurled coloured liquid and glass projectiles when riot officers moved in, using pepper spray and their shields to push the pupils back

About one hundred high school students blocked the entry of their school in Paris, France, on November . Quickly the police came to unblock the school, wich led to confrontations with teargas

About 10 high schools in Paris took part in protests denouncing class sizes and canteen conditions in their establishments

A banner saying ‘the covid don ‘t stop at the doors’ is seen during the students blocked at the entry of their school in Paris, France, on November 3

‘Our classes are packed, with students sitting side by side,’ said Jean, a pupil at the Lycee Colbert. 

‘They’ve tried to rearrange the tables but it changes nothing because there’s still 30 of us in a class.’

Class sizes should be halved, the students demanded.

About one hundred high school students blocked the entry of their school in Paris, France, on November 3

About one hundred high school students blocked the entry of their school in Paris, France, on November 3. Quickly the police came to unblock the school, wich led to confrontations with teargas

Some students hurled coloured liquid and glass projectiles when riot officers moved in, using pepper spray and their shields to push the pupils back

‘We’re in a high school with classes of 35 pupils, all crowded together,’ Nora, a student at Sophie-Germain high school in Paris, told AFP agency.

‘We’re in little rooms. The canteen is tiny, without ventilation and we take our masks off to eat,’ said a classmate, Jules. 

‘We’re asking for teachers to be allowed to split their classes into two groups. Also, maybe for canteen times to be changed so there are not too many students at once.’

A student is pictured after being exposed to tear gas.  President Emmanuel Macron ordered France back into lockdown last Friday but he left schools open, unlike the first confinement in the spring

A representative of the Lycee Colbert said the school was open in the afternoon. There were similar protests at several other Paris schools, French media reported.

President Emmanuel Macron ordered France back into lockdown last Friday but he left schools open, unlike the first confinement in the spring. 

France reported more than 52,000 new COVID-19 infections on Monday.

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