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Firemen set fire to boss's car

Matthew Warren · 22 Nov 2011, 08:34

Published: 22 Nov 2011 09:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2011 08:34 GMT+01:00

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A group of firefighters more used to putting out fires decided to switch roles when they smashed the windows of their boss's car and set it alight on Monday.

The incident happened in the town of Vailhauquès in the southern Languedoc-Roussillon region during a demonstration by firefighters. 

The protestors had gathered at the region's fire headquarters (DDSIS) when a group allegedly threw smoke bombs into the car which started the fire.

A number of protestors also burnt car tyres in front of the building, blocking the entrance.

The attacked car belonged to Colonel Risdorfer who attacked those who started the fire as "yobs."

"There's no other word for them," he said. "It's unacceptable and scandalous to attack public property. They also turned my office upside down. It's like Beirut."

The region's firefighters launched industrial action on November 18th.

Union leader Didier Bosch told local newspaper Midi Libre they were protesting against excessive pressure from management.

"We are denouncing harassment and the autocratic and authoritarian management of this director," he said. "We're not asking for more money, as they're saying."

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Fire chiefs said they were not sure why the protests were taking place. "We don't understand their anger or their demands," said a spokesman.


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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2011-11-24 03:45:09 by volvoman9
Obviously this colonel is a prick! Their demands are simple... fire the bastard!
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