Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police Fire Teargas As 'Yellow Vests' March Through Paris

Police Fire Teargas As 'Yellow Vests' March Through Paris

Flashball riot control guns are banned in much of Europe.

More than 13,000 protestors demonstrated in Paris, according to independent firm Occurence.

However, they have since developed into a broader revolt against the government, with thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets every Saturday. Tensions were also high in the towns of Nantes and Valence, where authorities announced the arrests of 18 protesters.

Coverage of the protests show clashes, with police firing tear gas into the crowds of demonstrators on the smoke-choked streets in Paris.

A French police investigation is still trying to determine how Rodrigues was injured.

As in previous weeks, protesters carried French flags and held signs attacking the French president as being out of touch or calling for referendums tabled by citizens.

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The "Yellow Vest" movement, a nationwide protest against weak economic performance and stagnant income increase, started as a campaign against surge in fuel prices in November 2018.

Protesters injured in previous weeks of violence were put at the front of the protests, some of whom wore eyepatches with a target sign on them. The Interior Ministry said 80,000 security officials had been mobilized, including 5,000 in Paris.

It was among the worst violence the capital has experienced since a 1968 student uprising.

Anti-government rallies are continuing in Paris for the twelfth straight weekend.

A number of journalists have been injured covering the demonstrations and at least 17 people have reportedly lost eyes, according Disarm collective, which has counted over 100 people seriously injured.

However, Benjamin Cauchy, a Yellow Vest spokesman from southern France who came to the Paris protest, slammed what he called a "regrettable decision" on BFM television, saying the weapon "is extremely harmful, imprecise and in the end is causing more sorrow than security". The movement was named after the fluorescent safety vests that French motorists must carry in case of emergency. The package, estimated at 10 billion euros ($11.46 billion), includes a 100-euro monthly increase to the minimum wage.

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