May 22, 2022

Urban violence in Brest: the testimony of the inhabitants

For more than a week, the Pontanézen district in Brest (Finistère) has been the subject of numerous incidents. This follows a police operation gone wrong.

For some residents, the situation has become unbearable in a neighborhood plagued by drug trafficking.

For many tenants, it is impossible to leave the premises; they are therefore forced to endure urban rodeos and mortar fire.

“I am a prisoner without having committed a crime, or perhaps that of being poor”, testified to CNEWS a resident of Pontanézen, distraught about the situation in his neighborhood but also for the young people who feed the traffic.

According to the central police commissioner in Brest, Nicolas Hoarau, around thirty individuals would spoil the daily life of more than 2,500 inhabitants.

Buses and trams interrupted

On Wednesday evening, the bus and tram transport service in Brest, Bibus, announced that public transport in the city would stop at 8 p.m. until further notice.

A decision taken following a series of urban violence.

Tuesday evening, several vehicles had been targeted by fireworks mortars. Incidents that did not cause any injuries.

Nevertheless, Bibus was forced “to ensure the safety of its travelers and its agents, to exceptionally interrupt its bus and tram transport service in advance”, the company said in a press release.

Police reinforcements

Clashes also broke out between around twenty hooded and masked people and the police. Calm had returned after an hour.

The sub-prefect of Brest, Jean-Philippe Setbon had called for significant reinforcements from the police, who arrived on Tuesday at the end of the day.