Paris "up all night" protest

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Added On May 1, 2016

A sleepless Thursday night spent by hundreds of youth at the Republic Square in Paris to block a reform of labor code was marred by violence.
 
Police have arrested 27 people after hooded youth refused to leave the square and threw projectiles at police officers.
 
In the early hours of Friday morning in Paris, people set two cars on fire and destroyed shopfronts, to which the police responded with tear gas.
 
So far, no casualties have been reported.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) ARMAND, "Up All Night" Organiser
"We are here because we think the democratic system in France is not working anymore. And all the people who are here want to have a voice heard. They are here to talk about feminism, the vegan movement, Palestine, a new Constitution, a lot of issues and we just have one thing in common in their mind: the democratic system in France does not work well today. We need to rethink it."
 
The "Up All Night" gathering began on March 31 when a group of activists decided not to go home after a march against labor reform. 
 
Since then, the protest has grown to attract thousands of supporters who discuss everything from unemployment to constitutional amendment to tightening security and the migrant crisis.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) LOUIS, Student
"As for myself, my own involvement in that movement is coming from everything that I have seen in the social media, on YouTube, from my own professional experience and our education system. I was disappointed by the current practice of the system. I studied engineering in a biotechnologies school where a person from a French private company was using the work of students that he was not paying. He was promising to offer them internships, future jobs, possible payments but they never came. So they were completely exploited for a work that normal engineers should have been doing. So I was quite angry by such kind of behavior."
 
The latest late-night clashes raised questions as to whether violent standoffs would become commonplace on the sidelines of "Up All Night" protest.
 
However, in its online newspaper, "Up All Night" rejected links to those behind the violent acts.
 
Some experts said "Up all Night" came as a way for young people to voice their discontent over government policies which they say have failed to bring them jobs.