Protesters broke into the Ministry of Higher Education premises in Paris on Tuesday amid a march honouring the student who had set himself on fire due to his dire financial situation.
Footage shows protesters removing one of the shutters of the gate leading to the backyard of the Ministry of Higher Education and shouting slogans as they enter the Ministry premises.
The action in Paris comes as over a thousand students also took part in a demonstration in Lyon.
The individual in question has not been officially identified but the student union who organised the rally said he posted a message on Facebook explaining that financial difficulties had become too much. In the message, he accused French politicians as well as the European Union for creating the situation.
“[His suicide attempt] serves a purpose, to put student precariousness and political fights in the news. But it’s terrifying that this could be the only way to get that,” remarked one of his friends.
The rally was organised close to where the Lyon University student performed his self-immolation after struggling to survive on the monthly stipend of €450 ($495). The 22 year old is now fighting for his life in hospital with burns to the body of 90 per cent.
The demonstrators marched towards the rectorate and university of Lyon II’s campus where they staged a sit in and chanted that they would neither forgive, nor forget that authorities let the situation deteriorate so badly.
The university authorities said they would set up a psychological support unit due to the incident, while the president claimed the institution was not aware of his “personal struggle”, despite being “very involved” with the student body.
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