A massive fire has broken out at a central Paris train station.
Videos have been spreading online showing what appears to be a devastating fire at Paris’ Gare De Lyon train station as police desperately attempt to evacuate the area.
The fire is thought to be related to protests in the area and footage shows firefighters being prevented from tackling a blaze by demonstrators holding up barricades.
The protests are thought to be about the arrival of Congolese singer Fally Ipupa who supports politician Félix Tshisekedi, who was elected president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in December 2018, amid allegations of rigging.
Protesters cause riot at lots of places where supporters of Tshisekedi go.
Breaking: Massive fire at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France. A protest against a Congolese singer who supports the current Congo President was taking place in the area. pic.twitter.com/cVm6sCoM3Q— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) February 28, 2020
BREAKING: Major fire starts outside of Paris Gare de Lyon station pic.twitter.com/E9K7oWvcL5— Breaking News Now (@BreakingNews_n) February 28, 2020
Police, however, have condemned the violence, writing:
At #Bercy and Gare de Lyon, unacceptable violence by people who defied the ban on demonstrating on the sidelines of a concert. The @prefpolice renews its firmness guidelines to guarantee public order.
Let’s hope everyone stays safe.