Helmeted riot police, using truncheons and shields repeatedly charged angry demonstrators in Paris today (Wednesday).?
Helmeted riot police, using truncheons and shields repeatedly charged angry demonstrators in Paris today (Wednesday). They finally used tear-gas to break up a students demonstration over the trial of two left-wing extremists.
The student first blocked a road outside the Fine Arts School, stopping traffic and calling for the liberation of the two men under-going trial at the nearby Central Law Courts. But the main clash was at the Science Faculty in the Latin Quarter.
The two men - Jean-Pierre le Dantec and Michel le Bris - had been accused of incitement to crime, justification of murder and other offences. They are both former editors of a magazine called "The People's Cause" - an organ of the extreme Proletarian Leftist group. The French Government today ordered the group - described by Interior Minister Raymond Marcellin as the most dangerous extreme-left movement in France - to be dissolved.
The students hurled stones at the police but the tear-gas drove them back into the Science building.
The Government decision reflected President Georges Pompidou's declared determination to take strong action against any extremist groups.