From tear gas in a mosque to 1300 cars and a McDonalds

One element in the Intifada in France that has been little noted is the tear-gassing of a mosque in Clichy last Sunday. In typical MSM fashion, the headline in Le Figaro states the near opposite of the reality: “L’islam ne joue pas un rôle déterminant dans la propagation des troubles.” However, the rest of the story gives the lie to the headline. The Morroccan Muslims apparently felt dissed by police action and took to violence; they were mad as hell and they showed they were not going to take it anymore:

Les violences urbaines en région parisienne sont-elles orchestrées par «un certain nombre d’agitateurs et de provocateurs», comme l’affirme le député maire UMP du Raincy (Seine-Saint-Denis) Éric Raoult, avant d’évoquer le spectre des «islamistes» ? Des islamistes radicaux qui se «sont saisis de cette opportunité pour attiser la haine et provoquer incidents et incendies», accuse Bruno Beschizza, secrétaire général de Synergie, le second syndicat d’officiers de police.

Il semble, selon les renseignements généraux, que «l’épisode de la mosquée» ait effectivement «choqué les milieux musulmans» et propagé une onde de révolte sans pour autant que des islamistes radicaux soient intervenus.

Dimanche soir, une grenade lacrymogène a explosé devant la salle de prière Bilal tenue par des Marocains à Clichy-sous-Bois, alors qu’une patrouille tentait de dégager, tout près de là, une voiture qui gênait son passage. Les policiers auraient ensuite insulté les femmes, et menacé de «raser la mosquée». Depuis, récits et rumeurs ont circulé très vite dans la vaste communauté musulmane de la ville puis dans les communes voisines où vivent souvent des proches. Les familles d’origine marocaine, d’Oujda et de Berkane, très nombreuses à Clichy, mais aussi à Aulnay-sous-Bois, se sont notamment téléphonées. La colère a gagné les adultes : «La base est très remontée», témoigne un responsable religieux d’Aulnay. «On a insulté l’islam et personne n’a encore demandé pardon, s’énerve Mourad. Si il y avait eu des gaz lacrymogène dans une église ou une synagogue, Sarkozy serait allé sur place s’excuser

So some portion of the Muslim community went on a rampage precisely because they perceived a slight to Islam, according to the article. Last night was the worst ever, with 1,295 cars torched, a couple of schools burned, and a car used as a battering ram to wreck a McDonalds. Meanwhile, while the deaths of two Muslims was a spark, and perhaps the tear-gassing of the mosque was a fuse, the actual bombs were not all the result of spontaneous action, but have been been the product of bomb factories, via AP:

Ten nights of urban unrest that brought thousands of arson attacks on cars, nursery schools and other targets from the Mediterranean to the German border reached Paris where at least 28 cars were burned overnight in the French capital, government officials said Sunday. Police found a gasoline bomb-making factory in a southern suburb of the city, with more than 100 bottles, gallons of fuel and hoods for hiding rioters’ faces, a senior Justice Ministry official said Sunday.

Six youths, all aged under 18, were arrested in the raid Saturday night on a building in Evry south of Paris where the gasoline bombs were being put together, Jean-Marie Huet, the ministry’s director of criminal affairs and pardons, told The Associated Press. The discovery, Huet said, shows that gasoline bombs being used by rioters “are not being improvised by kids in their bathrooms.”

One Response to “From tear gas in a mosque to 1300 cars and a McDonalds”

  1. DL Says:

    Time to ressurect le Guillotine?

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