Masked French Youths Rampage 

Masked French Youths Rampage 
Posted by FoM on April 06, 2000 at 09:42:03 PT
Source: Waco Tribune-Herald 
Masked youths went on a rampage in a huge housing complex in southern France, a rampage apparently linked to the suicide of a local mother who was being questioned by police about drugs, police said. 
Some 150 police officers patrolled the working class complex in the Var region Thursday after the youths, many of them wearing masks, ransacked the local police station late Wednesday and burned five cars. One policeman was injured in the melee. The riot happened after the woman threw herself from a ninth-floor window. Shortly before, police had found 77 pounds of marijuana in two apartments, arrested her son and tried to take her in for questioning. The woman, who was not identified, died. Exactly why the arrest and suicide set off the riots was not immediately clear. Some 16,000 people live in the high-rise complex, which was the scene of violence in 1997. Rampaging youths were eventually dispersed with tear gas. AP-NY-04-06-00 1038EDTCopyright 2000
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