And the punk jihad rages on in France. Back on Monday I posted on France's 2nd intifada: Muslim youth fire on cops, set cars, nursery school, buildings on fire, 16 policemen hurt" in a repeat of the 2005-2006 riots with tens of thousands of car burnings nightly.
Yesterday, amid the French riots, the Muslim mob crowd menaced and threatend Manuel Valls, France's interior minister (photo right).
"Analysis: France's politicians struggle for answers after Amiens riot." Surely the politicians don't expect rational, thinking peoples to buy this crap? If they don't know, they are hopeless and they should resign.
"Racial tension?" What race is Islam? They will blame everything and everyone except the very thing it is.
The Times lets the cat out of the bag. More on the French riots: "France riots fuel fears of ghetto violence," by Adam Sage for The Times, August 15 (thanks to David):
POLICE are on high alert in France amid fears that riots in the northern city of Amiens could spread through the country's tinderbox suburbs against a backdrop of racial tension.
In a sign of his alarm, President Francois Hollande interrupted his holiday to promise a tough response to the youths who have brought havoc to council estates.
His pledge came amid signs that the discontent that simmers perpetually in France's suburban ghettos with their drugs and unemployment could explode once more into an open confrontation with the authorities.
Mr Hollande was speaking as the French awoke to discover scenes of destruction in the usually calm city, where a school and a sports centre were razed in clashes between about 100 rioters and 150 police in the early hours of yesterday.
Sixteen officers were injured as youths aimed buckshot and fireworks at them and hurled flagstones and furniture from the windows of empty flats in council blocks. Police failed to make any arrests.
At least three drivers were pulled from their cars, which were used, along with dozens of dustbins, to form barricades. About a dozen other vehicles were burnt in the violence, which follows months of tension in a city otherwise known best for its 13th-century cathedral. Police responded by firing flashballs and teargas at the rioters.
“The confrontations were very, very violent,” said Gilles Demailly, the Mayor of Amiens.
A farmer who lives in a village a mile from the estates described the shock as rural France came face to face with urban anger. “It felt like we were in a Western,” said the cereal producer, who asked not to be named. “There was shooting all over the place and the smell of burning rubber everywhere.
“I went out when I heard people driving up to the farm at about midnight. I thought they were local folk, but then I saw they had masks covering their faces. I got into my tractor to get away, but they threw iron bars at the windows, which exploded.”
Sylvie Ramet, the head teacher at Voltaire primary school, was stunned to discover the blackened remains of the building after the night's violence. “There are no words to describe what I feel. I'm weak at the knees. The place where I work has just been annihilated. It's just senseless to attack a school in this way. It's incomprehensible.”
A blog posted on a French website, apparently by one of the rioters, who called himself 8Z, included a video that showed dozens of youths cheering as they set fire to dustbins.
The blog portrayed the council estates of Amiens as the setting for high unemployment and “oppression by fascist police” - a familiar complaint from immigrant community youths, who say that they are targeted under stop-and-search policies.
It described the rioters as “the opposition” and ran through the list of the mostly Muslim former French colonies from which it said they were from: “Algerians, Tunisians, Moroccans, Gabonese, Malians and Cameroonians, we are all here and we are opposing.”
The council estates of north Amiens, like many in France, are the scene for regular clashes between police and youths, said Mr Demailly. None, however, has been on such as scale, he said.
Tension flared on Sunday when police were called to an estate in northern Amiens after reports that youths were loading fireworks into a car. They also discovered the ingredients for petrol bombs - empty bottles and a canister of petrol.The intervention infuriated residents, many of whom were attending a wake for a 20-year-old man who died in a traffic accident last week. A march involving 150 people ended in scuffles. That appears to have been the spark for full-scale rioting at nightfall.
The clashes in Amiens follow days of violence between rival gangs in Toulouse, southwestern France, raising fears that the country's impoverished suburbs could descend into turmoil. Mr Hollande, who celebrated 100 days in office this week, was quick to try to prevent a repeat of the 2005 riots that spread from the Paris region across estates throughout the country.
“The state will mobilise all its means to combat these violent acts,” he said. “Security is not only a priority for us, it is an obligation.”
He sent Manuel Valls, his tough- talking Interior Minister, to Amiens to deliver his message of firmness. Mr Valls was booed as residents voiced their exasperation with the Paris elite. “Stop running away from us. Give us back our rights,” shouted one man.