Views:1698|Rating:4.38|View Time:1:17Minutes|Likes:7|Dislikes:1 People burned cars and Christmas trees in Paris as protest turns violent. The Yellow Vest movement emerged spontaneously last month after French President Emmanuel Macron announced controversial hikes.
Paris protesters burn cars and Christmas trees with 80 injured and 183 arrested in clashes with riot police as demonstrations spread to Toulouse, Marseille and the Netherlands
‘Yellow Vest’ supporters are staging fresh protests on the Champs-Elysees which leads to the Arc de Triomphe
Police have set up checkpoints on the avenue and used tear gas and water cannon to fight off demonstrators
It comes a week after rioters brought chaos to Paris in a movement against fuel prices and high living costs
Violence has erupted again in Paris today as masked protesters stole an assault rifle from police, clashed with riot squads and set fire to cars and Christmas trees on the Champs-Elysees in furious demonstrations against the French government.
Riot police sprayed tear gas, fired water cannon and stun grenades and pulled out their batons to fight back against ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters who occupied the famous boulevard and graffitied the Arc de Triomphe.
Police said 80 people had been injured in clashes, including 16 security officers, and 183 people arrested as more than 5,000 demonstrators brought chaos to Paris for the second week running.
Masked and hooded protesters hurled crowd barriers at police in Paris and this evening stole an assault rifle from a police car in the city centre.
Meanwhile there were further rallies spiralling across the country, spreading to Marseille, Biarritz and Antibes on the Mediterranean coast and even into the Netherlands.
The protests, named ‘Yellow Vest’ after drivers’ high-vis jackets, began last month amid fury over rising fuel prices but have mushroomed into an all-out challenge to Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.
Some 5,000 police and gendarmes are being deployed today in a replica of last Saturday’s chaos when Parisians smashed up shops and restaurants and battled riot squads in the first round of major protests.
The protests have also spread beyond the French capital as demonstrators wearing the same high-vis vests blocked a motorway in Biarritz in the south-west of the country and let off yellow smoke grenades in Marseille, France’s second-largest city.
Police said 115 people had been arrested for violent order offences in Paris, amid concerns that far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the spontaneous protests over living costs.
Identity checkpoints and police barricades have been set up on the Champs-Elysees in an effort to avoid rioting on the historic avenue which leads to the Arc de Triomphe.
Several hundred protesters sat down under the arch at the top of the Elysees, singing La Marseillaise, France’s national anthem, and chanting, ‘Macron Resign!’
On the facade of the towering 19th-century arch, protesters scrawled in big black letters: ‘The yellow vests will triumph’, while along the Champs Elysees, peaceful demonstrators held up a slogan reading, ‘Macron, stop treating us like idiots!’
Riot police were covered in bright yellow paint thrown by the Yellow Vests as the violence intensified and the area around the Arc de Triomphe was turned into a battleground.
The Elysee Palace, the office of the President, is on lockdown as protesters waving flags and lighting flares take over the area.
Protesters blocked roads in Biarritz and Antibes further south and even in the Hague, in the Netherlands, yellow-jacketed demonstrators were spotted gathering outside government buildings.
Christophe Castaner, France’s Interior Minister, said there would be identity checks and bag searches for all pedestrians in the Champs-Elysees area.