Virginia Hale, Breitbart, August 3, 2016
A viral video has captured a mob shouting “Allahu akhbar” stopping a bus before torching it, in what was the latest in a series of attacks on public transport in France. Services in migrant suburbs of France have been beset for years by regular attacks, stonings, violence, and threats.
On the 27th of July a group of men blocked a road in Saint-Denis, forcing the oncoming bus to stop. The mob then torched the bus, apparently shouting “Allahu akhbar”. It took three water cannons for firefighters to quell the flames, and the bus route has now been re-routed.
Such incidents are not uncommon in the northern Paris suburb, where 36 per cent of residents were born overseas. The weekend before the “Allahu akhbar” torching, a bus driver and his passengers had to vacate the vehicle after people blocked it with a barricade of burning garbage. Windows of the bus were broken but no one was hurt.
The area has been the scene of numerous riots in the past, where in 2010 where gangs threw Molotov cocktails at one bus and torched several others. In 2005, huge riots in Saint-Denis saw 9,000 cars and dozens of public buildings and businesses set alight.
Since late 2012, the 235 bus no longer passes through Gennevilliers’ Lute neighbourhood. In addition to repeated stone throwing, a bus driver was doused with petrol by “unknown persons” who then attempted to set fire to the vehicle with him inside.