Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

'Yellow Vests' march through Paris in 10th weekend of protests

France's'yellow vest protests Timeline of unrest French yellow vest protests continue despite Macron outreach
Pablo Mccormick | 21 January, 2019, 17:34

The "yellow vest" protests - named after the fluorescent jackets French motorists must have in their cars - began in November over higher fuel taxes.

The growing number of demonstrators to suffer serious injuries at the hands of the police has compounded their anger toward the state.

Protesters made coffin-type objects to denote the deaths of 10 people so far during the protests, mainly due to accidents when demonstrators blocked roads.

"It's not normal to treat people the way we are being treated".

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In Paris, several thousand people, many waving placards calling for Macron to resign or condemning police violence, marched peacefully through the Left Bank in freezing temperatures.

Police officers in Paris told global reporters that hundreds of riot police were being attacked on the streets by the protesters, who hurled live firecrackers, bottles and rocks at the police.

Paris deployed 5,000 police around the capital, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees shopping area.

Reports Saturday said around 7,000 protesters filled the streets of Paris in mostly peaceful demonstrations, with an nearly equal amount of police along the sidelines.

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The movement showed signed of abating during the festive period, but more than 80,000 people protested across France last weekend - up from 50,000 the week before. The French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes that sparked the protests, but the yellow vests have since morphed into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs. "This debate must not become a big bluff", the mayor of the south-central village of Saint-Cirgues, Christian Venries, warned Macron at a public meeting Friday in his region.

The Yellow Vest protests, which started as a reaction to fuel tax hikes and evolved into a protest against Macron, have continued despite the government's call for them to halt.

The protests come as President Emmanuel Macron attempted to kick off a series of townhall debates, hoping to put an end to the national criticism.

Michel, a 53-year-old computer engineer from the Paris suburbs who did not wish to give his full name for fear of losing his job over his radical politics, was taking part in his ninth demonstration in as many weeks.

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