Published On: Sun, Jan 6th, 2019

Clashes Between “Yellow Vests” And Police In Paris

Protests by the French “yellow vests” movement in Paris again led to clashes with the police on Saturday.

Yellow Vests And Police

From the ranks of the first peacefully marching “yellow vests” near the city hall of Paris, bottles and stones were thrown in the direction of the police. The police used tear gas and was later reinforced by riot police.

After the incident, the demonstrators continued their protest march from the city hall to the parliament. Before the headquarters of the news agency had previously gathered more than a thousand “yellow vests”. At the approximately half-hour rally they shouted slogans against the government of President Emmanuel Macron and against the media coverage of the protest movement. Then the rally started moving towards the town hall.

There was also a rally in the late morning on the Champs-Élysées, a few meters from the Arc de Triomphe. There, a speaker said the “yellow vests”, the previous concessions of the government was not enough. There will still be protests throughout the year.

There were rallies of the “yellow vests” for the eighth consecutive Saturday in Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lyon, Nantes, Rouen and Toulouse. The news channel FranceInfo reported accumulations of several dozen to 1200 “yellow vests” in other cities of the republic.

The “Yellow West” movement has been on the Macron government since November. At their national rallies the demonstrates were against tax and price increases as well as for an improved purchasing power of the French.

Originally, the movement was directed against high fuel prices and the planned eco tax on diesel. Later, the protest mixed with general discontent about the policy of the government. Their billion-dollar concessions, which provide, inter alia, more money for minimum wage earners and relief for pensioners, the demonstrators reject as insufficient. Many are calling for further tax cuts, referendums based on the Swiss model and Macron’s resignation.

Violent clashes with the police took place several times during the protests – including on the Champs-Elysées. According to the authorities, on November 17, 282,000 people took part in the rallies nationwide. Meanwhile, the protests have subsided significantly.

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