Tuesday, January 18

Lyon: a “Dalton” in custody for mortar fire on police

A member of the Dalton collective during an interview with AFP, November 5, 2021 in LyonPHILIPPE DESMAZES

A “Dalton” was arrested on Wednesday for “mortar fire” against the police, on the sidelines of a demonstration against a live broadcast on CNews television with Jordan Bardella, the president of the RN, in a district of Lyon, has t – we learned from a police source.

The man, suspected of “violence with a weapon on a person holding public authority”, was taken into custody, according to a police source interviewed by AFP after information given by a representative of the prefecture.

The Dalton collective, a group of rappers from Lyon known for provoking the police by wearing the yellow and black striped costume of the comic strip convict bandits, announced an action on their Instagram account on Tuesday. At the same time, anti-fascist groups in Lyon called on social networks for mobilization against the arrival of Jordan Bardella.

On Wednesday, around a hundred demonstrators gathered at the planned location for the filming of the second edition of the show “Face à la Rue” by CNews, under the close surveillance of police and CRS, mobilized to maintain order. AFP noted.

The show, where Jean-Marc Morandini visits with personalities what the CNews channel considers as “lawless areas”, took place without incident in the Guillotière district.

This district, where a wild market has developed with various street trafficking arousing a strong feeling of insecurity among residents, has been at the center of the authorities’ attention for several months. This “little misery market”, in the words of a resident interviewed by CNews, is located near the center of Lyon and the luxury shops installed in the old historic building of the Hôtel-Dieu.

The president of the RN had announced on his Twitter account his trip to the neighborhood where, according to him “our fellow citizens are abandoned and delivered to violence”. “Racists are not welcome in our neighborhood,” replied the “Antifa Group of Lyon” on its Twitter account.

Last month, the first edition of “Face à la rue” took place in Drancy, in the Paris suburbs, with Eric Zemmour, the far-right polemicist.


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