New rubber bullets have already been ordered TIME ONLINE


The shattered skull Laurent Thines saw on his operating table that day reminded the surgeon of an accident in a car accident. The doctor from Besançon in eastern France has been treating demonstrators, yellow vests and just passers-by for weeks police violence are affected. Among them are people whose eyes have been destroyed by a rubber bullet, says Thines. The extent of the violence can be seen in statistics by journalist David Dufresne: 25 people lost eyes, five hands, and hundreds were seriously injured. Most of the victims are demonstrators, but Dufresne also lists more than a hundred journalists, 46 minors and 70 passers-by who have been hit by a truncheon, grenade or rubber bullet.

state violence against people who demonstrate for their social security,
has to stop, “says surgeon Thines. After the interview, he sends X-rays of victims that his colleagues sent him: pictures of holey
and smashed skulls, for example, of blood-covered and scarred faces.

These days, thousands are taking to the streets again to oppose President's pension reform Emmanuel Macron to demonstrate. Thines fears that many people will lose hands and eyes again. That the French police will be heavily armed again, that they will again use rubber bullets and stun grenades. The Ministry of the Interior officially had one at the end of November Large order for the
“LBD” -Gummibälle
tendered. You will be using more than 300
Kilometers shot per hour – according to Thines, the impact on the body is like this
hard, as if you were lifting a 20 kg concrete block from a height of one meter
fall your head. The police use the stun grenades to disperse or disperse a demonstration.

In short: France is in a state of emergency. Train traffic has been largely paralyzed by the striking train drivers and conductors since the beginning of December, on some days there is no long-distance train, on others one out of three. Next Tuesday nationwide teachers, conductors,
Garbage men and firemen are on strike. You want the
Prevent pension reform, a uniform points system for everyone
and provides for an entry age of 64 years two years later.

Police violence has long been ignored

Surgeon Thines, like many others, is now afraid
to demonstrate. And journalists are also with her
Work threatened. Last week it hit a Turkish photographer: Sein
Hard hat was smashed by a flash grenade, his eye injured. This week
were two prospective reporters from a renowned school of journalism in the
Lille, northern France, arrested while filming a police operation. “It
is the right of journalists to take pictures, “tweeted the University, It was unacceptable
restrict these fundamental rights. Freedom of the press has suffered in France since the yellow vest protests: The country is in the ranking of Reporters Without Borders only
in place 32

and the French are proud of the French Declaration of Human Rights of 1789. They often emphasize how liberal the country is. Maybe because of that
huge gap between this claim and that on YouTube and Facebook
State violence, which has been documented a thousand times, has long since replaced it. In
Newspapers, talk shows and daily conversations at the bakery or on the
At school, the new police doctrine was ignored or trifled. Although people see the images of violent clashes in the media, many do not want to admit that they are actually based on a new policy of violent confrontation. It is then often argued that the demonstrators are also violent, the victims have provoked the police officers and are
ultimately blame yourself.

The federal government, along with France, used violence
denouncing protesters in Russia or Hong Kong has no word yet
lost through the French police. So far, little has been read about it in the German media. “You don't want to admit that
France has made an authoritarian turn, “says surgeon Thines
for three decades he treated victims of violence in his operating room and
every now and then injured demonstrators. “But I've never been like this
seen many people drawn for their lives as in the past
Months. ”



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