French Yellow Vest protester in induced coma after being shot in head by police

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A French protester has suffered a serious head injury and is in an induced coma after being shot by police.

Olivier Beziade was with a group of Yellow Vest protesters on Wednesday in Bordeaux when he was shot in the back of the head.

He was shot with a flash ball gun, a weapon which can fire a variety of ammunition. Most commonly, it fires rubber bullets.

His wife, Cindy told public service radio station French Info that she was outraged at the assault.

Olivier Beziade sits bleeding on the pavement
Olivier Beziade sits bleeding on the pavement Photo credit: Line Press/screenshot

"This is unacceptable. I won't let it go. The pictures speak for themselves."

Video of the event shows Mr Beziade, a father of three and volunteer firefighter, on the ground being treated by medics as blood gushes from his head.

Ms Beziade told French Info that police "shot at us like rabbits". 

"The demonstration was calm until about 4.30pm," she explained.

"I was with my husband in Rue Sainte-Catherine. Then there was a bit of panic. We turned back to avoid tear gas fumes and to go home. I turned first right, he took the first turning on the left."

It was at this turn that Mr Beziade was shot. A plain clothes police officer shot the flash ball at him, and then threw a stun grenade towards him.

Local police have ordered a full investigation into the incident, and are claiming that a group of Yellow Vest protesters were attempting to gain entry into a nearby Apple store, reports The Daily Mail.

The Yellow Vest protests began in early December. Protesters are against high living costs, and the perceived indifference of their president, Emmanuel Macron.

So far, ten people have died as a result of the protests.



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