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Protesting prison guards clash with riot police near French capital

11 April 2017 17:06


French police forces have clashed with prison guards protesting working conditions in a notorious prison south of Paris.

The incident came at Monday night at the sprawling Fleury-Merogis prison after a few hundred workers blocked the entrance and set tires on fire to call attention to concerns about security and overcrowding.

Police sought to dislodge them from the blockade but met resistance and fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowd.

Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade outside the Fleury-Merogis prison, near Paris, on April 10, 2017, during a demonstration by prison guards after six of their colleagues were injured by inmates. (Photo by AFP)

Regional authorities did not immediately comment on the violence.

Fleury-Merogis has housed violent extremists, and workers and prisoners have long decried violence and poor conditions in the prison. French media have reported that six prison guards were recently attacked there, prompting the latest protest.

(Source: AP)

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