A tram was targeted by fireworks and a Bibus service vehicle was set on fire on Saturday evening.
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Published on 01/23/2022 19:05
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The bus, tram and cable car service was suspended in Brest on Sunday January 23. This interruption follows “incidents that took place [samedi] evening on the public transport network and undermining the safety of Bibus employees and travelers”, specified the public transport network on its website. A CFDT union delegate from Bibus reported a “scene guerrillas” in the Pontanézen district, stating that the employees were exercising their right of withdrawal.
According to the sub-prefect of Brest, the facts took place around 11 p.m. on Saturday, when a tram was stopped by barriers placed on the track and then it was targeted by fireworks, without causing any injuries. The passengers were taken to their destination by bus, then clashes broke out between around twenty hooded people and the police. A bus shelter was damaged and a Bibus service vehicle was set on fire. The situation returned to calm after an hour. The sub-prefect indicated that he had made a request for reinforcements of police personnel for the nights to come. Two vehicles had been burned in the same district, Thursday, January 20, after the arrest the day before of eight young people during a search operation for narcotics.
The PS mayor of Brest, François Cuillandre, denounced “strongly” the violence on Saturday evening. “It is not acceptable that twenty individuals block a public service, which allows the inhabitants of this district and all the inhabitants of the metropolis to move freely”, he estimated. He assured to bring his “support to the police forces and the firefighters who intervene in difficult conditions and who see themselves more and more targeted in their interventions by fireworks mortars diverted from their use”. “It is not acceptable that this type of material is so easily available to offenders in all cities of France,” he added.
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