No injuries during fiery night in French suburbs
Last Updated Fri, 04 Nov 2005 06:11:23 EST
Some French officials say clashes between suburban youth and police are abating, though another night of unrest resulted in the torching of 400 cars and more than two dozen municipal buses.
Riots broke out in some of the poorest suburbs of northern Paris after two youths died while running away from police last Thursday in Clichy-sous-Bois.
The unrest has continued every night for a week, fed by a combination of poverty and anger over high unemployment rates and low job prospects for second-generation immigrants, most of them African and Muslim.
The riot in France reminds us the importance of assimilation and acceptance. There is no doubt immigrants should assimilate themselves into their new community but discrimination makes it tough, and that’s why they usually stay together to protect themselves. Governments’ programs are indeed not enough in many countries to help those new immigrants, such as language training, professional recognizion! Many "local" people also are unwilling to accept those different ideas and belief that were brought by the new immigrants, and treat that as a threat to the destruction and dilution of their own culture. In my sense, this isn’t the way it should be. Their culture will only make one’s culture even more prosper and rich, and it’s irrational to claim theirs as the best. People learn from each other!!!!!