The Photographer’s Story Behind Viral Photo of French Policeman on Fire

Posted by DanielS on Saturday, 06 May 2017 12:22.


Photographer Zakaria Abdelkafi’s shocking photograph of a French anti-riot policeman set ablaze by a molotov cocktail has quickly spread to every corner of the world. And yesterday, only one day after Abdelkafi captured the photograph, he shared the story behind it.

PetaPixel, “The Story Behind this Viral Photo of a French Policeman on Fire”, 3 May 2017:

The photograph was taken during a march for the annual May Day workers’ rally in Paris, and has since appeared on the covers of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and countless online publications and European newspapers. In an article for his employer, Agence France-Presse, Abdelkafi said he had no idea what was about to happen.

“I always follow [a group who hide their faces behind bandanas and hoodies] because, from past experience, I know they always cause trouble,” he said. “They’re very violent.”

His dedication to following this group around occasionally gets him pushed down and beaten by the very people he’s trying to photograph. This time, he placed himself between them and CRS (Republican Security Companies) police, taking photographs as the protesters began throwing rocks, bottles, “anything that they could get their hands on” at the riot police.

That’s when a molotov cocktail went flying.

“When they threw the Molotov cocktail, I didn’t actually see it. I just saw the guy engulfed in flames and I just snapped away,” he says. “I kept on following the policeman who was burning.” He was screaming, the officers around him were screaming, the scene was as horrific as you imagine it. “He was a human being being burned alive in front of me,” says Abdelkafi. “And the demonstrators, they didn’t care. They kept throwing things at the police.”

Abdelkafi is no stranger to horrific sights—a Syrian refugee, he was forced to flee his country in 2015, ultimately receiving asylum in France and a job with AFP. He has witnessed truly horrific sights; this moment hit close to home.

“I kept thinking about his face and whether he would be scarred. I kept thinking of his family. I’ve had lots of friends who have become disfigured because they have been burned by bombs in Syria. So I know what it’s like. I wonder if they do.” he said in his AFP article. “I have seen many people die in front of me. I have seen many people wounded. But this policeman really got to me.”

According to TIME, the unidentified 41-year-old police man suffered third-degree burns on his hands and neck, and second-degree burns on his face. As for Abdelkafi, he hopes to meet the man he photographed. “I would like to go see him in the hospital and bring him flowers.”



Comments: None.



Post a comment:


Name: (required)

Email: (required but not displayed)

URL: (optional)

Note: You should copy your comment to the clipboard or paste it somewhere before submitting it, so that it will not be lost if the session times out.

Remember me


Next entry: French-Polish relations undermined by Emmanuel Macron’s threats
Previous entry: UN weapons inspectors executed and beheaded in Africa.

image of the day

Existential Issues

DNA Nations

Establishment Problem

Categories

Links

Endorsement not implied.

Immigration

Islamist Threat

Anti-white Media Networks

Audio/Video

Crime

Economics

Education

General

Historical Re-Evaluation

Controlled Opposition

Nationalist Political Parties

Science

Europeans in Africa

Of Note

Comments

Witgenstein: A Wonderful Life (1989) commented in entry 'The Ontology of Mind: The Gödelian Argument' on Wed, 24 May 2017 13:33. (View)

Authorities were warned about Abedi commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Wed, 24 May 2017 13:22. (View)

Katie Hopkins looks Kosher commented in entry ''Western man, stand up for your wives, daughters', Kate Hopkins tweet investigated as inciting hate' on Wed, 24 May 2017 07:55. (View)

A miserable lie in Whalley Range commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Wed, 24 May 2017 06:36. (View)

Amber Rudd: American leaks "irritating" commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Wed, 24 May 2017 05:30. (View)

Update on Manchester commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Wed, 24 May 2017 05:25. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'Social Rules: a deeply important philosophical matter beyond scientistic treatment of emergence' on Wed, 24 May 2017 04:16. (View)

Salman Abedi of sect opposed to Gaddafi commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Wed, 24 May 2017 03:49. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'Social Rules: a deeply important philosophical matter beyond scientistic treatment of emergence' on Wed, 24 May 2017 03:42. (View)

Fox Retracts Seth Rich Story commented in entry 'Seth Rich story massively botted to cover-up Trump's tactless disclosure to Lavrov and Comey firing' on Tue, 23 May 2017 18:00. (View)

Euro commented in entry 'Abnormal: AltRight.com celebrates the Soviet Union's victory and fêtes Russia's imperialist legacy.' on Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26. (View)

Tara McCarthy: dark side of the alt-right commented in entry 'Social Rules: a deeply important philosophical matter beyond scientistic treatment of emergence' on Tue, 23 May 2017 17:25. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 17:16. (View)

Captainchaos commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 16:35. (View)

Weston on the Manchester bombing commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 15:21. (View)

Captainchaos commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 15:05. (View)

Salman Abedi commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 13:37. (View)

DanielS commented in entry 'White Left Imperative to defense, systemic health of European peoples' on Tue, 23 May 2017 11:19. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 04:25. (View)

Update on Manchaester Arena attack commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 03:45. (View)

I'm Paul Weston, I am a racist and Islam is... commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 03:26. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 02:20. (View)

Bill commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Tue, 23 May 2017 02:12. (View)

Guessedworker commented in entry 'British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena' on Mon, 22 May 2017 23:29. (View)

Saudi seance commented in entry 'Silk Road News: Cui Non Bono?' on Mon, 22 May 2017 14:33. (View)

Trump does the wailing wall commented in entry 'Silk Road News: Cui Non Bono?' on Mon, 22 May 2017 14:04. (View)

Seth Rich's parents commented in entry 'Seth Rich story massively botted to cover-up Trump's tactless disclosure to Lavrov and Comey firing' on Mon, 22 May 2017 13:48. (View)

Rochdale culprits out after lite sentences commented in entry ''What happened to the girls in Rochdale is never far from my mind'' on Mon, 22 May 2017 13:34. (View)

Vincent Law's idiotic, dangerous advice commented in entry 'Fan Mail: Many Jews hate Zionism. Failure to report that makes you a racist, you racist filth.' on Mon, 22 May 2017 10:39. (View)

Isil will get some of Trump's $110 weapons sale commented in entry '"Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama created Isis", says Donald Trump' on Mon, 22 May 2017 09:50. (View)

Sean Urbanski's pair-wise emergence commented in entry 'Social Rules: a deeply important philosophical matter beyond scientistic treatment of emergence' on Mon, 22 May 2017 05:52. (View)

Alyssa Elsman's dad commented in entry 'White Man Goes On Killer Rampage In Times Square' on Mon, 22 May 2017 04:44. (View)

Alyssa Elsman commented in entry 'White Man Goes On Killer Rampage In Times Square' on Mon, 22 May 2017 04:29. (View)

Kushner "of interest" in Meuller's Russian probe commented in entry 'Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say' on Sun, 21 May 2017 08:58. (View)

"NAACP being overtaken by BLM" commented in entry 'Violence in Dallas: An argument for racial separatism.' on Sat, 20 May 2017 12:51. (View)

affection-tone