The French government emphasised on May 24 that the university reforms will go ahead despite violent protests by students on the streets of Paris.
SV University teachers in their traditional robes.
SV, GV Demonstrators marching and chanting slogans. (2 SHOTS)
SV Riot police lined up with shields and helmets, demonstrators throwing stones at them. (3 SHOTS)
SV Demonstrators trying to force the police back.
GVs Demonstrators with masks running away, when police fire tear gas grenades. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Demonstrators throwing stones at the police. (2 SHOTS)
GV Watercannon spraying foam, police firing tear gas. (2 SHOTS)
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SV Fire in the street.
SV Demonstrators smashing advertisement.
GV Riot police lined up, demonstrators throwing stones. (2 SHOTS)
SV Burning barricade.
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Background: The French government emphasised on May 24 that the university reforms will go ahead despite violent protests by students on the streets of Paris. The previous day police battled with demonstrators in the Latin Quarter of Paris with teargas and watercannons after a big protest rally near the National Assembly against university reform turned violent. Small groups of protesters armed with clubs and iron bars set fire to barricades and harassed police in the streets around Sorbonne University. Authorities said at least 131 police were injured in the skirmishing and 80 students were arrested. French Education Minister M. Alain Savary told the Parliament on May 25 he would press the reforms into law. He said the changes would make the universities better able to respond to France's economic needs and more open to working class students. Students' leaders, undeterred by the failure of a month-long campaign against the law, vowed to intensify their opposition. Although no more big street demonstrations were planned for the immediate future , they said they would lobby politicians including socialist and communist legislators for support. They did not rule out another round of protest marches in Paris and other cities later in the year.