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Paris May Day protests: Shock over hospital break-in

May 3, 2019 5:12 am

A famous Paris hospital is lodging a legal complaint after dozens of May Day protesters broke in and nearly burst into an intensive care unit.

La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital director Marie-Anne Ruder said some protesters wore masks and some were gilets jaunes (“yellow-vest”) activists.

Footage on Twitter appeared to show police chasing protesters near the hospital buildings, through an open gate.

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Ms Ruder said staff blocked protesters at the door of the intensive care unit.

Within minutes police reached the unit on the first floor and overpowered the protesters, French media reported. Police detained about 30 of them.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who went to the scene during the fracas, described it as an “attack” by “black block” far-left, anti-capitalist militants.

The black-clad militants have been accused of vandalising property during repeated yellow-vest clashes with police in the past six months.

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