PARIS – Latest news about the events in France (local time):
Sequences showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting in front of Paris are stirring up unrest at other anti-government protests this weekend.
The film, which was widely shared on social media, prompted unions and far-left parties to denounce alleged police brutality.
The images, filmed Thursday in Mantes-la-Jolie, showed a group of students on their knees, hands behind their heads.
They are monitored by armed police whose faces are hidden by ski masks. In one of the videos, a police officer can be heard saying, "Here is a course that is behaving well."
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Friday that 151 people had been arrested in the small town, adding that some of them carried weapons. He said that no students were injured.
Students from all over France have participated in events that have intensified in recent weeks. They oppose a reform of education and clashed with the police in many schools in several French cities.
In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, CGT union general secretary Philippe Martinez said: "Do not beat children."
Drastic security measures will lock downtown Paris on Saturday as the French authorities try to prevent a new outbreak of violence during anti-government protests.
In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital, the prefect of the Paris police has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be eliminated.
Fearing that protesters will attack street furniture or construction sites, the Paris police will remove all glass containers, guardrails and construction equipment installed in identified areas, including the Avenue des Champs-Elysees .
Approximately 89,000 police will be mobilized across the country, up from 65,000 at the weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 arrested in the worst street violence in decades .
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