Police faced-off with prison guards calling for better labor conditions who set up barricades at the Fleury-Merogis jail outside Paris. Tires were set on fire and smoke grenades were also reportedly used at the scene.
The demonstrators are hoping that their protest help draw attention to the dangers faced by prison officers in their daily routine.“They are not listening, so we have to be here,” union representative Thibault Capelle told Le Parisien.
“We are asking for more staff to deal with prison overcrowding.”
”The prisoners are becoming younger and more and more violent,” a senior officer told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
“If they do not have what they want at once, they hit the first supervisor who passes.”
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