Three French students in recent days released a video showing a squad of French police dragging a pregnant migrant woman off a train, holding her by her arms and legs, following a strenuous check punctuated by screams and protests. The woman was travelling with her family on a train from Ventimiglia and was forced to get off at Mentone, said the website Nice-Matin.
The video sparked anger among viewers after it made the rounds on social media.
“You all have to get off, get off!” the officers yell in the video to a man, who responds in English: “Why are you arresting me? I am with my wife, she’s pregnant”.
The man refuses to hand over his identification and the officers decide to make the family get off the train at Mentone, said Nice-Matin.
The situation quickly degenerated as the man yelled: “Don’t touch my wife, she’s pregnant!” The woman said she didn’t feel well and was then dragged onto a bench in the station.
The video was filmed with a cell phone by three students from Cannes who were reporting on the migrant situation in Ventimiglia, at the Italo-French border.
The three students were also checked by police.
The video, which was filmed in February, was then sent to the National Observatory on Police Violence.
It ended up online on March 27, setting off controversy and anger.