French police use tear fuel as yellow vests return to Paris after Covid hiatus

Paris, September 12

French authorities deployed a heavy police presence in Paris and used tear fuel on Saturday because the “yellow vest” motion returned to the capital after being dampened by the coronavirus disaster.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered at two squares in Paris for authorised marches. One cortege set off with out incident however the different march was delayed after police used tear fuel to disperse protesters who left the designated route and a few of whom set hearth to waste bins and a automobile.

The authorities had banned protests in a central zone, together with the Champs-Elysees, the scene of rioting on the peak of the yellow vest motion almost two years in the past when anger over gas taxes and President Emmanuel Macron’s fashion of rule introduced a whole lot of 1000’s onto the streets throughout France.

Police mentioned that they had made 154 arrests by 1 pm native time.

The renewed mobilisation of the yellow vests, named after motorists’ high-visibility jackets that grew to become the image of the motion, comes as France is grappling with a resurgence in instances of the novel coronavirus.

The nation’s every day instances of COVID-19 set a document excessive on Thursday at almost 10,000, whereas the variety of individuals being handled in hospital has elevated steadily this month.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex introduced on Friday plans to hurry up testing and toughen measures in sure cities, however mentioned the federal government needed to keep away from a nationwide lockdown like in the course of the spring.

Police known as on Saturday’s demonstrators to respect sanitary measures in Paris, which is amongst France’s coronavirus “red zones” and the place it’s obligatory to put on a face masks on the street in all places within the metropolis. Reuters

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