Paris Police Station Attacked
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 12 October 2020
Fireworks being fired at the police station. Photo credit: Funnyfamilyzen/Instagram via Reuters
Fireworks shot at police station while attackers tried to force entry.
Security // BLUF: Up to 40 people armed with metal bars and deploying fireworks as projectiles attacked a police station in Champigny-sur-Marne, about 15 km southeast of central Paris.
The attackers had reportedly tried to force entry into the police station, but were unsuccessful.
There were no arrests made, however damage had been done to the building and cars.
While the motive for the attack was unreported, this is the third such attack in two years, with the police station being located near a housing estate known for drug trafficking. A scooter accident that was blamed on police was suggested as the reason for the attack, according to the mayor of Champigny.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 12 October 2020
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1. FRENCH - Security: Dozens armed with metal bars, fireworks attack Paris police station
FYSA: About 40 unidentified people armed with metal bars and using fireworks as projectiles tried to storm a police station in the Paris suburbs on Saturday night (local time), officials said. "Violent attack last night on the police station of Champigny with mortar shots and various projectiles. No police officer was injured," the Paris police headquarters said on Twitter on Sunday. The police posted a video showing a barrage of fireworks going off in the direction of the police station in Champigny-sur-Marne, about 15 km southeast of central Paris. The assailants tried to force entry into the station, but failed to do so. Nobody was arrested, but images showed smashed windows at the station and damaged cars. The motive for the attack, the third on this police station in two years, was not immediately clear. The station is located in a housing estate area known for drug trafficking and deemed by authorities as a high priority district for some order to be restored. Champigny Mayor Laurent Jeanne said the attack may have been triggered after a scooter accident that local residents blamed on the police. "It was an organised attack of about 40 people who wanted to do battle. For a few days it has been tense with people who have a certain willingness to do battle with the police," he told BFMTV. "Little gang leaders don't impress anyone and they will not deter our work fighting drug trafficking," Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter. "Full support for our police officers who are doing a difficult job." A spate of criminal incidents across France since the end of the COVID-19 lockdown in mid-May has put President Emmanuel Macron's government on heightened alert for increases in crime amid the economic fallout from the pandemic. (Newshub. See link in heading for further reading)
2. ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN - Security, Political: Nagorno-Karabakh truce frays as both sides allege attacks
FYSA: Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of serious violations and crimes against civilians, and Azerbaijan also said it had launched airstrikes as a day-old humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh looked increasingly frayed on Sunday. The Russian-brokered ceasefire, clinched after marathon talks in Moscow, was meant to halt fighting to allow ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead. The talks were the first diplomatic contact between the two since fighting over the mountainous enclave erupted on Sept. 27, killing hundreds of people. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. Both sides accused one another of breaking the ceasefire almost immediately, and Azerbaijan gave the impression in public comments from top officials that it saw it as only a brief breathing space anyway. Azerbaijan, making the first claim of an attack since the truce, said on Sunday it had carried out airstrikes against an ethnic Armenian regiment, inflicting heavy losses. Reuters could not independently verify that claim. A spokesman for the leader of Nagorno-Karabakh told Reuters he did not have information about the alleged attack. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
3. HONG KONG - Political: Hong Kong leader postpones annual policy address until after Beijing talks
FYSA: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has postponed her annual policy address scheduled for Wednesday in order to go to Beijing for talks on how the central government can help with the financial hub’s economic recovery. Lam said she would go to Beijing this month and aimed to hold her policy address by the end of November. She said she would discuss wide-ranging measures with the central government, including some related to the Greater Bay area - a region that includes Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in China’s Guangdong province - the finance sector and tech innovation, without giving details. “It is not a matter of waiting for directions,” Lam told a news conference on Monday when asked about the postponement of her address. “It is a matter of responding to a positive indication from the central government that they want to take into account the chief executive’s recommendations, that they really want to facilitate those policy measures so that Hong Kong people have more confidence that the economy will bounce back.” The central government’s role in the semi-autonomous former British colony has been in the spotlight, in particular with the imposition in June of a security law after months of pro-democracy protests - the most intense in decades - last year. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
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