terça-feira, 19 de maio de 2015

France: 10 years later to Clichy-sous-Bois

It was here, in this power station in Clichy-sous-Bois, outside Paris, in October 2005, two teenagers died electrocuted. Young people fleeing from police who performed an operation in the area.

Zyed Benna, 17, and years of Bouna Traoré, 15, of HID with another friend in power plant.

A decade after the families of the two young people complain of a lengthy and uneven justice system.

"We waited 10 years to hear what the police have to say, to know the truth," says Adel Benna, brother of Zyed.

The death of the two teenagers sparked a wave of violent demonstrations, in the suburbs of the French capital and around the country.

During three weeks the country of liberty, equality and fraternity lived in shock. Thousands of cars were set on fire, in 200 cities of France.

Thousands of young people from the most disadvantaged classes demonstrate against unemployment and social exclusion.

The scale of the violence prompted the Government in Paris declared a State of emergency, the 8 November, by the voice of the then Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy. "I will present to the Prime Minister a simple decree for the application of the law of 1955, but is a decision of principle. We ensure as and measure the evolution of the events and its application directed. "

Earlier this year, the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, acknowledged the existence of feelings of alienation in the suburbs. Said that there is, in France, a "kind of social apartheid and ethnic".

10 years after Clichy-sous-Bois has improved but the unemployment affects about 20 percent of the population, double the national average. There are neighborhoods where about 40 percent of the population has no work.

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