Thursday, November 29, 2007

Before it was the strikers in France , this week the youth of the housing estates took up the battle .

"Violence is wrong. But it comes from somewhere," said Ali Hammudi, a worker in Villiers-le-Bel, where the unrest broke out on Sunday after two teenagers died in a collision with a police car. "Youths here have so many problems -- unemployment , housing, poverty. They don't know how to get out of it ... and the government hasn't done anything about it,"

Many young people say they feel stigmatised by police and discriminated against when trying to find a job or an apartment. They say they struggle to leave the often isolated estates . Unemployment of 40 per cent

"They drew no lessons from 2005. And things can start again elsewhere any time," said the 17-year old Zicara ."We need to make ourselves heard," said Zacara, who declined to give his last name. "Violence isn't good. But we must get people's attention somehow, no?"

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