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The arrest by RATP agents of a man after a mask wearing check was filmed by a metro user. An officer also used tear gas. The RATP assures that the man was “threatening” and “vindictive”.

The scene was filmed on October 19 in Paris metro line 9, at Robespierre station, around 11:30 p.m. We can see the degenerating control of a man who did not respect the obligation to wear a mask according to the security agents of the RATP. The man who denies and reports having only briefly lowered his mask then refuses to submit to an identity check. It is then that the situation degenerates between the user and the agents. On the video, we hear – it seems the individual – shouting several times: “fascists”.

One of the officers repeatedly asked the crowd to back down

Contacted by RT France, RATP ensures that agents from the Network Protection and Security Group (GPSR) had initially asked the individual to put on his mask, without seeking to sanction him. “It’s really their daily job to go and check if travelers are wearing the mask,” says the public establishment.

According to the RATP, the individual has “become more and more aggressive”

Except that the man would have started to be “vindictive”, “difficult to manage” and “to make inappropriate remarks”. “There was a sequence where he became more and more aggressive”, adds the RATP which emphasizes that if the individual had “put his mask back on, nothing would have happened”.

The arrested person was then suddenly taken out of the train by the officers. “He was very agitated and threatening”, assures the RATP. Many witnesses then tried to calm the situation but an RATP security officer then launched tear gas to push the crowd back. The passenger ended up being immobilized on the metro platform, under protests from travelers.

“One of the officers repeatedly asked the crowd to back down. They had isolated the person because it also served to protect him. Suddenly, they made a single and non-targeted use of the tear gas canister ”, answers the RATP. This also indicates that the police then intervened, taking the recalcitrant to the police station. RATP filed a complaint.

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