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Traveller community in southeast France riots after jail request denied

Police and SNCF employees stand near burnt cars following a series of violent incidents on October 20, 2015 at the rail station in MoiransA traveller community in southeast France launched violent protests while inmates at a jail in the region rioted Tuesday after authorities refused a request for prison leave, concurring sources said. The incident occurred less than two months after a similar flareup involving travellers, and Prime Minister Manuel Valls demanded a firm response. The local traveller community in the Alpine town of Moirans had requested temporary leave for two jailed members so that they could attend the funeral of someone who had died in an accident last weekend while riding in a stolen car.

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