Protestors took to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality
The enraged youth took to the streets in a stand-off with police in Rouen, Paris, after two weeks of demonstrations continued to explode accross the city.
Violence flared up following the alleged rape of a black man, named only as "Theo" by police during his arrest in Aulnay-sous-Bois on February 2.
And the the confrontations spread to Nantes in Brittany, Lille – the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, and Rouen in Normandy.
They were unrelenting as they clashed with police even after news filtered through that a policeman had been placed under formal investigation yesterday for the alleged rape and three others were under investigation.
But, Theo, a youth worker, is still in hospital with injuries to his anus and his head after accusing police of raping him anally with a baton.
The youth took to the streets again on Friday, aften an initial investigation found there was “insufficient evidence” to support Theo's claim that he was deliberately sodomised by police.
And French police stoked further anger among protestors by claiming that the rape may have been an "accident."
Tear gas is used by police in an attempt to clear the crowd
The two-week long fiery demonstrations have led to at least 200 people being arrested so far.
Earlier in the week, at least 400 people took to the streets during protests, according to police estimates.
The demonstrations descended into violence on Wednesday night, as hundreds of people made their anger known.
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A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask attends a protest against police brutality after a young black man, 22-year-old youth worker named Theo, was severly injured during his arrest earlier this month in Bobigny, as people gather at a demonstration in Paris
Hundreds of people, some wearing hoods to hide their identity took to the streets
But the police felt the brunt of the protestors anger as they were targeted with molotov cocktails.
They have also been filmed being chased with cars, hit with steel poles and shot at.
Along with that, shops and banks were smashed up as the protestors ran riot.
One person is even accused of using a gun, and has been charged with gunfire and voluntary violence.
Armed officers took to the streets in their hundreds and were forced to fire live rounds of bullets and used tear gas to disperse the rioters.
Police also said that hundreds of cars have been torched in the orgy of violence.
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