On Monday evening (28 February) the centre of Paris witnessed one of the largest demonstrations seen there since the 1968 student riots.
On Monday evening (28 February) the centre of Paris witnessed one of the largest demonstrations seen there since the 1968 student riots. Organised by 10 leftist groups, many of the students among the demonstrators had earlier marched on the Renault car works to place a wreath at the spot where one of their number was shot by a security guard on Friday (25 February) when he attempted to enter the property to hand out pamphlets. Among the leaders of the march were prominent writers, and left-wing supporters, Mem de Beauvoir and M. Jean-Paul Sartre. during recent weeks Maoist militant students have regularly stationed themselves outside the gates of the Renault works in an attempt to win the support of the work's employees....whose union has been at loggerheads with the students. It was on one of these occasions that 23-year-old Pierre Overne, was killed by a plain clothes security guard after a struggle. Monday evening's demonstration gathered momentum, until an estimated 30,000 people....marching 20-abreast through the city....could not be controlled by police, and began to erect street barricades, damage street signs, and set fire to cars. Rot squads were called in and the demonstration dispersed. Early reports give no indication of arrests.
SYNOPSIS: On the outskirts of Paris on Monday, leftist demonstrators marched on the Renault car works to lay a wreath to the memory of one of their number shot by a security guard last Friday. They were led by writer Jean-Paul Sartre.
The wreath of red carnations was placed by a student leader at the scene of the shouting near the works' main gates. During recent weeks Maoist militant students have regularly stationed themselves near the gates in an effort to win the support of the workers...whose union has been at loggerheads with the students. 23-year-old Pierre Overney was killed during a struggle while attempting to hand out leaflets on one of these occasions.
Later in the afternoon, the demonstrators headed for central Paris where they were joined by an ever-increasing number of marchers in a mass protest organised by 10 leftist groups.
After these scenes were filmed, the mass demonstration gathered momentum until an estimated 30 thousand marchers were taking part....the largest demonstration seen in Paris since the student riots of 1968. Police had trouble controlling the crowds, and when some groups began damaging property and burning cars, riot squads were called in to disperse them.