A fireman who joined France’s anti-globalist movement is in a coma after being shot in the back of the head by a police officer using a flash ball gun.
Disturbing video footage shows Olivier Beziade, a father of three, lying on the floor in Bordeaux on Saturday after being shot from behind. The attempted murder of the peaceful protestor comes just days after French authorities vowed to use ‘deadly force’ against millions of anti-Macron and anti-Globalist citizens.
Dailymail.co.uk reports: He is wearing one of the high-visibility motoring jackets from which the Yellow Vests get their name.
Videos posted on social media also show Mr Beziade being treated by medics, with his head covered in blood.
Mr Beziade suffered a ‘very serious brain injury’ and is currently in an induced coma in hospital, said family members.
It comes as the Yellow Vest law and order crisis enveloping Emmanuel Macron’s administration intensifies, and the president floods French streets with an increasing number of armed police.
Some are being accused of gratuitous violence, ranging from administering baton beatings, to an excessive use of chemical weapons, stun grenades and flash balls.
‘I’m furious,’ said Cindy Beziade, the wife of Mr Beziade. ‘This is unacceptable. I won’t let it go. The pictures speak for themselves.’
Mrs Beziade, who is also a volunteer fire fighter, had travelled with her hubsand into Bordeaux on Saturday from their home in nearby Bazas for an ‘Act 9’ Day of Rage against the government.
‘The demonstration was calm until about 4.30pm,’ Mrs Beziade told France Info. ‘I was with my husband in Rue Sainte-Catherine.
‘Then there was a bit of panic. We turned turned back to avoid teargas fumes and to go home. I turned first right, he took the first turning on the left.
It was at this point that a plainclothes officer appeared around a corner, and shot a flash ball at Mr Beziade.
Police are instructed to shoot well below the head, but there have been numerous incidents of them failing to do so.
As the shot is fired, a uniformed officer can be seen throwing a stun grenade towards Mr Beziade too.
‘They shot at us like rabbits,’ said Mrs Beziade, who confirmed that her husband was in an induced coma.
The local police prefect has ordered a full investigation, claiming that a gang of Yellow Vests was ‘trying to get into an Apple store nearby’ at the time of the shooting.
A police commander in Toulon, on France’s Mediterranean coast, is also under investigation for repeatedly beating up Yellow Vest protestors during a demonstration.
On Saturday, CRS riot police were seen brandishing live ammunition semi-automatic weapons in front of Yellow Vest demonstrators in Paris for the first time.
Another ‘Day 10’ of demonstrations is planned for Saturday, with Mr Macron apparently powerless to stop them, as the Yellow Vests call for his resignation.