fbpx
Thursday, January 21, 2021
No menu items!

Water cannon, tear gas and fire – Highlights of ‘yellow vest’ protest in Paris

Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with protesters around the Arc de Triomphe near the Champs Elysees avenue, and clashes were reported in various parts of Paris as well as in towns and cities across France.

Police said they had arrested 169 people and some are concerned that violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests) movement, a spontaneous grassroots rebellion against the struggle many French face to make ends meet.

The skirmishes in Paris broke out early on Saturday, with rioters and peaceful protesters mixed together after authorities cordoned off the Champs Elysees, forcing them into adjacent streets.

Demonstrators put up barricades in the surrounding areas, smashed some car windows and set alight dozens of vehicles, including a police car. A restaurant in the vicinity was also set ablaze.

Several hundred yellow vests, who have no leader and have largely organised themselves online, sat down around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, singing La Marseillaise, France’s national anthem, and chanting for President Emmanuel Macron to resign.

On the facade of the towering 19th-century arch, protesters scrawled in big black letters: “The yellow vests will triumph.” Some protesters were later seen on top of the arch.

For now, the “yellow vests” enjoy widespread public support.

When they first began, the protests caught Macron off-guard just as he was trying to counter a fall in his popularity rating to 30 percent. His unyielding response has exposed him to charges of being out of touch with ordinary people.

Latest News

Mayor Turner’s Statement on the States Cancer Cluster in Fifth Ward

HOUSTON -  Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement today about the newly-released State Department of Health...

Shooting investigation on Westheimer Road

HOUSTON - Houston police are investigating the shooting of a woman at 14027 Westheimer Road about 7 p.m. on Tuesday (January...

TABC suspends several Houston-area club permits due to COVID-19 violations

HOUSTON- The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has suspended three Houston businesses' liquor permits after investigators say they violated Governor Greg...

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? An autistic man reported missing in northeast Houston

HOUSTON- The Houston Police Department is asking for help locating a 26-year-old male with minor autism and a learning disability who...

Indian villagers celebrate inauguration of Kamala Harris

Residents of the ancestral Indian village of Kamala Harris celebrated her inauguration as U.S. vice president on Wednesday (January 20) by setting...

More Articles Like This