French riot police ‘spray TEAR GAS’ in faces of seated extinction rebellion activists outside airport in Alpine city
- French riot police caught cheeky tear gas on protesters squirting on camera
- Filmed attack in Chambery, where the group blocked the entrance to the airport
- A demonstrator said: “He behaved as if he were a pest controler spraying insects.”
The French riot police are today confronted with investigations for spraying peaceful demonstrators of the rebellion in the face with tear gas.
Shocking footage shows that members of the environmental protection group are still sitting on the floor while copious amounts of unbearable gas are brutally sprayed into their eyes.
The filmed attack took place in the Alpine town of Chambery, where the environmental group blocked the entrance to the local airport this morning.
The French riot police are today confronted with investigations for spraying peaceful demonstrators of the rebellion in the face with tear gas. Shocking images show members of the environmental protection group who are still sitting on the floor while copious amounts of unbearable gas are brutally sprayed into their eyes
“A number of us sat peacefully on the ground and called for the airport to be closed due to the environmental damage it causes,” a demonstrator said.
“The riot police showed up, and one of them grabbed a can of tear gas and started attacking us.
“He pretended to be a pest controler who sprayed insects. It was disgusting. People became very ill and complained about burns, eye problems and breathing difficulties. We have since filed a complaint with the police who said that an investigation is coming. “
Extinction Rebellion posted video of Chambery’s spraying on his social media account. There was no immediate comment from the CRS.
It was a repeat of an incident in Paris last June, when the police from the same unit – the Republican Security Companies (CRS) – again used chemical agents on demonstrators from the Extinction Rebellion.
The filmed attack took place in the Alpine town of Chambery, where the environmental group blocked the entrance to the local airport this morning
Members of the CRS used the controversial spray cans on the Sully Bridge, close to Notre Dame Cathedral.
The Paris public prosecutor then opened a preliminary investigation into “intentional violence by a person with public authority.”
In March last year, French security forces also admitted for the first time that they were using a “last resort” chemical weapon against Paris rioters.
Video posted online showed the grueling substance from gendarmerie armed cars close to the Champs Elysee.
It was used against Yellow Vest protesters who called on President Emmanuel Macron to resign.
Extinction Rebellion posted video of Chambery’s spraying on his social media account. This tweet reads: ‘Call along to support our brave rebels! Blocking the airport of Chambéry is still going on !!! “
The harmful high-density product contains the same power as 200 tear gas shells and is designed to knock out people without distinction in an emergency.
But it raised questions among civil rights groups, as well as monitoring organizations, including the Hague organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, of which France is a member.
Teargas is classified as a chemical weapon and is in fact banned from war zones, in accordance with international agreements.
In Britain, the use of tear gas is very limited and has never been used randomly against crowds of men, women and children, as happens in France.