Monday 19 July 2010
Loir-et-Cher, France - Fifty travellers attack police station and tollbooth after police chase killing
The town of Saint-Aignan, 3400 inhabitants, near Blois (Loir-et-Cher), France, was awakened Sunday morning by a face-to-face encounter between police and the community of Travellers. Angry about the death of one of them during a police chase, some fifty Travellers attacked the police station and highway toll booths of Saint-Romain, according to the prefecture of the department.
"Some were wearing masks, armed with axes and iron bars," says the mayor of Saint-Aignan, Jean-Michel Billon. They they turned on the town: "Traffic lights were destroyed with an ax, trees cut down and three cars were burned," said the mayor.
The mayor of Loir-et-Cher said that on Sunday evening about 300 military were deployed around Saint-Aignan and will ensure the security and control of the area and "oppose any resumption of violence," according to his statement.
On Friday evening, a motorist drove through a road checkpoint, according to a source close to the investigation.
The police then pursued vehicle and used their weapons at 22 hours in the town of Theseus. The lifeless body of the young driver was found about ten miles from where the shooting took place, in Saint-Romain-sur-Cher where there is a large community of travelers. An administrative and judicial inquiry has been opened, but for now, circumstances of the tragedy have not been specified.
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