Undercover Police mix in with Student protesters - Paris
French Police go undercover amongst protesters in the recent demonstrations on retirement reform. Jussieu Campus, Paris, France. 21/10/2010
French police try to blend in amongst students a few streets away from the protests at Jussieu campus. There were several large vans of students going into the protest, and the Police dressed themselves up and tried to blend in.
Here are two images of the undercover policemen dressing up as students, in rue Monge in front of their police truck. Several trucks and about 25-30 policemen were wearing bullet proof vests then changed into sweatshirts caps, and backpacks like students. Some also had little half face masks to cover the bottom of their faces.
I did not stick around long enough for them to see me taking photos. The other photo is of undercover police on rue Monge. The protesters are well organized, very calm and began to sing loudly, playing loud music with the song from "Pulp Fiction" resonating as a theme tune. Nothing violent at all from the protesters happened today.
This is like what I saw in Gothenburg at an anti-WTO protests in June 2001. Very well organized protesters infiltrated by police, who looked like demonstrators. Hopefully it will stay non-violent but I don't like seeing that many policeman dressed as students with masks and bullet proof vests.
The National Police (French: police nationale), formerly the Sûreté Nationale, is one of two national police forces and the main civil law enforcement agency of France, with primary jurisdiction in cities and large towns. The other main agency is the military Gendarmerie, with primary jurisdiction in smaller towns and rural and border areas. The National Police comes under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior and has about 145,699 employees (in April 2008).