Yellow vest protesters have returned to Paris for the first time since the blockade

Helen Dunmore Sep 12, 2020

Since the blockade was lifted in May. Police vests or yellow vests have appeared on the streets of the capital for the first time.

In the violent scene on Saturday, the police took more than 250 people for questioning and fired tear gas. Shots and photos taken in the city on Saturday showed protesters burning cars and police used tear gas to disperse them.

256 protesters were questioned

As a result of the demonstrations, at least 256 protesters were questioned, and another 90 protesters were also warned. Local time (12:20 PM EST).

According to a tweet from the county, penknives, bows, and hammers were confiscated items on the demonstrators. Paris police said in a statement on Friday. That although the Yellow Vest Movement plans to hold four demonstrations on Saturday, the police banned two of them.

precautionary measure

As a precautionary measure, the authorities told the shops on the street to close for four hours. On Saturday morning and were told to “put protection measures in front of the business premises”.

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The campaign is named after the yellow high-visibility jackets that French drivers must carry in their vehicles. The campaign began in November 2018. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against plans to increase fuel prices.

In the first year of the movement, the movement provided a package of 10 billion euros ($11.05 billion) in aid to the poor. And caused French President Emmanuel Macron to back down in the face of protests, which he said he would not do.

Michael, a 43-year-old protester among the crowd on Place de Wagram, commented that the turnout rate was relatively low on Saturday.

He told AFP: “The movement is dead, I will say clearly, but here we are. It’s because we have nothing to lose. This is the last position.”

The other protester is a 50-year-old civil servant who requested to remain anonymous. He said that “social and economic robbery” and “our basic freedoms are increasingly being attacked” have driven him to the streets.

Pensioners Pascale and Patrick traveled to Paris from Crolles in southeastern France. They said they were convinced that “the movement has not dried up.”

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