Courtney Love Cobain is Your Unexpected Reporter from Scary Anti-Uber Protests
Image via Instagram
Courtney Love Cobain was caught up in Parisian bedlam over Uber protests, according to the performer’s rampant social media blasts.
The Independent’s Heather Saul reports on a tumultuous and violent outpouring of protests over Uber drivers around the city.
In the middle is Love—a popular singer known for leading band Hole and most recently featuring in the documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” a film chronicling her deceased husband’s enigmatic career with Nirvana.
As with any breaking news these days, a great deal can be gleaned through social media channels. While colored by the person tweeting and posting, it gives millions a glimpse of current events.
Let’s just say that Love chose to archive the unfolding events with colorful language and caustic references.
What follows are the tweets and Instagram posts from Love, which we have to warn contain NSFW language.
Love starts by referencing Kanye West, who may or may not be stuck in the same vitriolic protest. As of this writing there was no comment from West on social media.
they've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
She then referenced French PresidentFrançois Hollande:
François Hollande where are the fucking police??? is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport. Wtf???— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
Love purportedly left the mess safely:
paid some guys on motorcycles to sneak us out, got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks, passed two police and they did nothing— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
how on earth are these people allowed to do this? the first car was destroyed, all tires slashed… https://t.co/lWuFRMG6I5— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
we got out after being held hostage for an hour thanks to these two guys. I'm scared out of my wits.… https://t.co/cAOELz463U— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
Love included the following images via Instagram:
CNN reports to the extent of the protests over the UberPOP service: “Didier Hogrel, president of the National Federation of Taxis, told CNN that the taxi drivers were taking action at Paris' airports, at the capital's Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon train stations, and at Porte Maillot, in the Montparnasse area.”
Police sources told CNN that the protests encompassed “2,800 taxi drivers” throughout the country.
The publication also spoke to Uber spokesman Thomas Meister who offered differing numbers: “There's 50,000 taxis in France, only roughly 1,000 are demonstrating today and the violence is just unacceptable.”
According to CNN at least one taxi driver in the melee was injured, reportedly by a private car driver, and taken to a hospital.
And CNN also adds gravity to a scary situation: “Video footage from Paris showed riot police on the streets Thursday, as well as tires set on fire and vehicles apparently overturned.”
At the heart of the riot is taxi drivers taking umbrage with unlicensed private car firms like Uber continuing to squire visitors about the country.
The outrage hit a fevered and violent pitch on Thursday, leading to untold damage, fear and a snapshot of the events from Love, who herself managed to get to safety on the back of a motorbike.
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