Paris May Day

Paris Mayday: A video montage of consecutive footage challenging the official line that the initial violent police response was in retaliation to thrown petrol bombs.

On Monday 1 May, International Workers Day, the annual May Day demonstration took place in Paris, France.

With the second round of the presidential election happening the following Sunday and a real threat of the leader Marine Le Pen of far right party Front National taking power, ten of thousands defied protest bans under the State of Emergency powers to send out a message of anti-fascism.

What followed was one of the most heavily repressed and violent May Day protests in recent history. Independent streets medics alone recorded 168 separate injuries. Six police officers were injured and at least eight journalists were injured.

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