Watch: Video of pro boxer joining yellow vests against French police goes viral

By Laura Cat 6 January 2019


A video gone viral from Saturday’s French Yellow Vests protests depicts a man repeatedly punching French riot police during the Paris protests.
The man was with other yellow vest protesters and police were attempting to prevent their crossing the the Leopold-Sédar-Senghor bridge.
Officers using batons and tear gas spray to keep crowds back, one man is seen jumping over a barrier and begins punching at a riot police officer, causing the officer and his colleagues to retreat.

Le Rifain @abdelM9

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Lui il est chaud et déterminer..2019 commence bien ... #Giletsjaunes #ActeVIII


09:52 - 5 Jan 2019

Wearing a black hat, gloves and coat without the yellow vest he tells police they should be “ashamed”. In another video the same man is seen kicking one officer, who was lying on the ground, in the head.

Infos Françaises @InfosFrancaises

· 5 Jan 2019

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PARIS : Des heurts éclatent sur un pont où les #GiletsJaunes tentent de forcer un barrage pour rejoindre l'Assemblée nationale. (BFMTV) #ActeVIII

Infos Françaises @InfosFrancaises

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PARIS : Des policiers sont frappés, à terre, par des individus sur la passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor. #ActeVIII


09:20 - 5 Jan 2019
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A police union shared the video along with the message: “Sir, you who punch a colleague on the ground, you have been identified. For a boxer, you do not respect a lot of rules. We will teach you those of the penal code”.

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Commissaires Police Nationale SCPN @ScpnCommissaire

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Monsieur, vous qui avez frappé un collègue à terre, vous êtes identifié. Pour un boxeur, vous ne respectez apparement pas beaucoup de règles. Nous allons vous apprendre celles du code pénal. @EmmanuelMacron @EPhilippePM @CCastaner @NunezLaurent @DGPNEricMorvan @prefpolice


14:12 - 5 Jan 2019

The French interior minister, Christophe Castaner, calls the attack as “cowardly and intolerable”. Mr. Castaner has called for the public prosecutor to open an investigation into the incident.

Social media, of course, saw things differently calling the boxer a hero of the movement reminding people of the alleged police violence during recent weeks. The former boxer has been identified as Christophe Dettinger.