Busting Riots The French Way

by Nathan Hamm on 6/21/2005 · 3 comments

RFE/RL reports (very briefly) that Kyrgyz police received training from France’s riot police.

The CRS — the Compagnies Republicaines de Securite — are known for their tough approach to quelling public disorder in France.

Not that I pay attention to French news all that much, but I can’t say I can recall any tough crackdowns on unrest in France lately. So, ummm, hey, use your French riot-breaking skills wisely Kyrgyzstan. You do seem to need them especially badly right now.

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Sara June 21, 2005 at 12:58 pm

You know, When you said breaking up the French way, I got images in my head of Algeria and Tunisia, and all the stuff the French did there when people rebelled. Chilled my heart and I wondered if there were more massacres going on.

The French certainly know a thing or two about quashing revolt, but I don’t think I like the Kyrgyz doing it their way.

Nathan June 21, 2005 at 1:14 pm

Good point

TC June 26, 2005 at 4:25 pm

Let’s not forget the student demonstrations in ’68 either.

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