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06:43 AM on 08/01/2010
That was sad.
01:56 AM on 08/01/2010
This is far from police brutality. the police wee carefully pulling the protestors apart that were putting up a struggle. As for the baby being dragged as soon as the cops saw it was happening a cop swooped in and picked it up. If there was a the complete disregard that comes with police brutality a cop wouldn't of even stopped to help. It was a bad situation and some crappy things like that are bound to happen.
But lets just be glad it wasn't the US because there would probably be a body count and serious injuries.
12:48 PM on 08/01/2010
Amen. I am somewhat appalled by the Pavlovian 'police brutality' comments, some people are so easy to deceive.
03:32 AM on 08/02/2010
yeah, i think that we're so easy to jump to police brutality with all of the examples we have in the US. Also huff po's reader base has a liberal lean and subject to "liberal guilt" the minute there is a white person in the advantage position an alarm immediately goes off as racism. (not that theres anything wrong with being a liberal as im one myself just merely stating a characteristic)
oh and i accidently flagged your comment. I mis-clicked when I was favoring it :P
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RodbfromNC
07:31 PM on 07/31/2010
Looks like the US. Except the police did not use tasers or knee them in the face, like our delightful officers do.
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Niet
05:43 PM on 07/31/2010
What kind of idiot brings a baby to a protest like that?
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TeeLolly
08:43 PM on 07/31/2010
Maybe someone who has no home and no place to leave the baby ...

(One would assume that in a civilized country, authorities wouldn't actually drag a baby across pavement.)
12:30 PM on 08/01/2010
Don't make me laugh TeeLolly, they were all offered free housing but preferred to refuse and to "stick together" at the advice of this specific outrage-baiting NGO. In civilized countries only uncivilized people would dare to use their children and women to stir up an outrage and use them as human shields in illegal demonstrations.
05:37 PM on 07/31/2010
KEY WORD here: "MOSTLY"
04:31 PM on 07/31/2010
I've never had anything against the french but after seeing this video i'm well and truly disgusted .i dnt care what those woman did ,the sight of a bunch of cops dragging a woman and a baby is downright inhuman.

and to those claiming those women were used as shields,i've lived in Africa and i know for a fact babies are always carried on the mothers back or in general are always very close to their mothers regardless of where they are ,besides its not like the women took the babies to the protest,THE COPS CAME TO THEM !!!!
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omnia vincit amor
06:07 PM on 07/31/2010
" I've never had anything against the french but after seeing this video i'm well and truly disgusted."
It's not pretty but what makes you assume that ALL French people should be held responsible for this?!
To stereotype a nation is stupid.
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10:15 PM on 07/31/2010
"i dnt care what those woman did"
And that's part of the problem, you don't care about the reality but choose the fly into an emotional rage (like many).
While the officers should get in trouble for this if not stripped of their badges and face criminal hearings, people ignore the reality on the other side.
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Christophe
04:27 PM on 07/31/2010
Well orchestrated operation by the "Droit au Logement" organization to influence the French public opinion in their favor.
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jubo
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06:08 AM on 08/01/2010
Gee I wonder where they got those uniforms...
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Christophe
11:59 AM on 08/01/2010
Very funny, but only funny.
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SPQR1052
12:31 PM on 07/31/2010
@

kevin43 I use to live in Paris and I was warned about the CRS. They enact their own street justice. I've seen them handcuff a man on the Champs and continuously push his face in a deep puddle of water with their foot on the back of his head. I've seen them chase a guy at Les Halles train station through a crowd and violently kick him into the steps. They're a bunch of badasses.

posted Jul 31, 2010 at 12:14:53

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omnia vincit amor
01:53 PM on 07/31/2010
"They're a bunch of badasses".
Just like American cops who regularly make the headlines.
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Christophe
04:28 PM on 07/31/2010
In the US the French CRS who be called whimps.
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PlayTOE
Morals evolved due to cooperative group living
11:44 AM on 07/31/2010
No beatings, batons or weapons are used by these French Police.
They just moved these people.

As for temporary accommodations, some will be found, obviously. 3 days in a hotel is not the same as housing.
12:40 PM on 07/31/2010
still better than the street - and for free - these people should stop being so ungrateful
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TeeLolly
08:47 PM on 07/31/2010
So when one's home is taken away and the person is offered a few days in a hotel, gratitude is in order?
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TeeLolly
08:47 PM on 07/31/2010
Dragging someone across pavement isn't "just moving" him or her.
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PlayTOE
Morals evolved due to cooperative group living
11:43 PM on 07/31/2010
That was tough action in France, but guess what would have happened to similar protesters in Iran or in the USA ? (Hint .. guns and Tasers)
10:46 AM on 07/31/2010
French police - and prisons - are notoriously brutal, something I find baffling from the purported "inventors" of les droits de l'homme, human rights.

zapyourappetite, I can relate - being an American spared me from some rough situations when I lived in Paris. I lived in an Arab ghetto and saw some bad stuff go down before my very eyes.
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SPQR1052
12:29 PM on 07/31/2010
American passport you are fairly safe in France... even if black.

No American passport .. you are on your own.
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omnia vincit amor
07:43 PM on 07/31/2010
Are you pretending that it takes an American passport to be safe in France when a foreigner? It's ludicrous. Are you sure you've ever been to France?
01:57 PM on 07/31/2010
Well, I can recall a French junior Minister, with Arab origins, travelling to the US with a diplomatic visa - and being harrassed by immigration officers at the airport of Atlanta. That was part of the policy called "racial profiling" - an officially racist policy, actually: have Arab bacjground, and you might just be considered as a terrorist.

Just google for Azouz Begag.
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ebanks84
Grandma knows best!
10:41 AM on 07/31/2010
To me, this is a problem of humanity. When we can allow people to brave the elements no matter what and do for themselves without a helping hand to get them started, then we are not being as humane as we need be. If you cannot possibly see yourself in that situation, then you cannot understand and will not agree because you would have no empathy. There are those with "cold" hearts and those with "warm hearts" and it does make a difference which one you are.
11:56 AM on 07/31/2010
You obviously missed the part about free hotel rooms - these people chose to be on the street because the handout being given to them wasn't enough in their opinion.
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ebanks84
Grandma knows best!
01:21 PM on 07/31/2010
I didn't miss anything. I was speaking to people, in general, and how cold-hearted some are about helping others.
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dannywanny
I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
07:40 AM on 08/01/2010
And you obviously missed the part about the 3 day limit for the hotel rooms. Then they're back on the streets.
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zapyourappetite
09:47 AM on 07/31/2010
When I went to Paris some Morrocan guy and I started talking; he told me that though he worked hard, Morrocans were really looked down upon. I decided to go shopping, and noticed in the stores some of the disdainful looks and rude treatment, until I opened my mouth. My American accent was the only thing that saved me. Actually, people kind of treated you like a star at that time, for being American.

Long and short of it, there's still a tremendous amount of prejudice and hatred in this world. I get annoyed sometimes at how some folk from other cultures have almost little no regard for personal space (i.e. cutting across you or standing 2 inches from you in line), but I can't imagine the leap it takes to get to harming someone like in this video. Tragic and dehumanizing.
09:49 AM on 07/31/2010
Try being French in Texas and you'll understand what prejudice means...
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zapyourappetite
10:05 AM on 07/31/2010
I was Black in Texas (working) - deep southeast Texas - Pineywoods country - the Armpit of Texas. And coming from the East Coast they felt like I was out of line for not be lockstep, and "uppity". That was enough for me. Thanks, and if you're in Texas, I hope you get out soon.
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dannywanny
I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
07:46 AM on 08/01/2010
I hope you're able to get out soon. Texas is not a safe place to be if you're different. Always carry identification and a cell phone, no matter where you go!
09:56 AM on 07/31/2010
-but I can't imagine the leap it takes to get to harming someone like in this video. Tragic and dehumanizing. -

True - those 'mothers' should be ashamed of themselves for putting their children in harms way like that. Good mothers don't use their children as human shields.
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ebanks84
Grandma knows best!
10:14 AM on 07/31/2010
Your eyes saw what it wanted to see evidently because that's not what I saw at all.
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hasokeric
09:34 AM on 07/31/2010
What we give them a hotel room show them how sweet it is to be under a roof and soon kick them out again. That is torture.
09:56 AM on 07/31/2010
Perhaps then they should stop expecting the gov't and the citizens to provide for them.
09:22 AM on 07/31/2010
Ok - so they are not citizens - some don't have papers - they were offered free hotel rooms but that wasn't good enough for them. They defied orders. They used their children as human shields against the police. And then they cry foul when the cops remove them. I guess they wrongly believed they could just ignore the laws of the city/country they happen to be in. Sounds familiar. The women are solely responsible for anything that happened to their kids. And the cops should have had their version of social services on hand to take custody of any child those women put in harms way.
12:03 PM on 07/31/2010
Have you had your empathy surgically removed, or were you born any? Just curious.
12:44 PM on 07/31/2010
I have plenty of empathy. The answer to their problems is not continual handouts - nor is it in being so ungrateful as to protest and use their children as human shields because their handout wasn't enough in their opinion.

Were your brains surgically removed, or were you not born with any? Libs have such an open mind that all their brains fell out.
12:04 PM on 07/31/2010
Have you had your empathy surgically removed, or were you born without any? Just curious.
09:15 AM on 07/31/2010
Agree... the housing situationb of Paris is quite hard.
It is difficult to find an house even for middle class people.
09:52 AM on 07/31/2010
It is with the message of Solemar, that I agreed.
It is not because you are not citizen that you don't have the right of a decent house but unfortunely in Paris, even middle class people have issues about housing
11:57 AM on 07/31/2010
But - even if citizens can't find housing you MUST give housing - free - to people of color and immigrants - otherwise you are racist and xenophobic!