A French policeman dealt a person with a digital camera such a powerful truncheon blow throughout pension reform protests this week that he needed to have a testicle amputated, the person’s lawyer mentioned Sunday.
Pictures and pictures from Thursday’s demonstrations circulating on-line reveals a policeman hitting a person on the bottom between the legs, after which leaving. The person is seen holding a digital camera.
Lawyer Lucie Simon mentioned she was submitting a criticism on behalf of her consumer, a 26-year-old Franco-Spanish engineer who was taking footage of the gathering, for “voluntary violence that led to mutilation by an individual vested with public authority”.
“It was such a powerful blow that he needed to have a testicle amputated,” she mentioned, including that the engineer was nonetheless in hospital.
“This isn’t a case of self-defence or necessity. The proof is within the photographs we now have and the truth that he was then not arrested.”
The engineer, who lives on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, “remains to be in shock and retains asking why” he was wounded, the lawyer added.
The Paris police division mentioned it had ordered an inner investigation, including that the incident had occurred in “a context of maximum violence and inside a police manoeuvre to arrest violent people”.
Authorities spokesman Olivier Veran instructed the BFMTV broadcaster that he felt “empathy” for the younger man.
However he harassed “the necessity to perceive the situations by which this intervention occurred”.
The inside ministry mentioned 80,000 individuals marched in Paris on Thursday, as a part of nationwide protests in opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64.
The hard-left CGT union nonetheless mentioned it counted 400,000 protesters within the French capital.
Across the Bastille space of Paris, some demonstrators hurled bottles, bins and smoke grenades at police, who responded with tear fuel and charged to disperse the troublemakers, in line with AFP journalists on the scene.
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