Thousands of French policemen staged a march through Paris on Saturday (20 January) to protest against their working conditions.
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Background: Thousands of French policemen staged a march through Paris on Saturday (20 January) to protest against their working conditions. They were demanding more money, better methods of fighting crime, and showing their sympathy for colleagues killed or wounded on duty.
SYNOPSIS: The policemen, who wore civilian clothes during their demonstration, belong to three separate unions -- all of which were represented on the march to the police authority offices.
More than 15 policemen have been injured on duty in Paris since the beginning of the year. The latest incident occurred in the middle of the night on January 18th when a uniformed policeman was shot in the chest from a passing car. Police blamed the shooting on urban guerrillas who had threatened revenge for the arrest of members of their group of few days earlier.
According to eye-witnesses the demonstration became violent when the marchers were stopped by their uniformed colleagues from approaching the police authority offices, and scuffles broke out.
Peace was restored when the Police Chief of Paris, Pierre Somveille, agreed to meet a delegation.