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Béziers gilet jaune jailed

France 3/Scoop, Jan 6

A 37-year-old Béziers man was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday by the Béziers Criminal Court for violence against police, obstructing the movement and degradation of a police car, for events dating back to November 24.

Cyril, the unemployed man, known to the courts, threw stones at the police while they intervened for a fire on the A9 motorway at the west Béziers toll. A group of about 15 people had hidden in nearby undergrowth, and harassed and attacked the police with glass and stones for several hours.

Josy-Jean Bousquet, lawyer of the defendant said that the justice wanted to make an example. "My client does not have to pay for all the others, he is the only one who was arrested that night because he was running slower than the others."

“I was demonstrating like everyone else, I did not insult the police who I respect,” said Cyril. “I did not throw fire extinguishers or the ironing board found on the spot.” He went on to contradict his statements by stating he wanted to do the same as the Parisian “thugs” who attacked the police.

Cyril received two years in prison and deprivation of his civil rights for five years.

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