Scuffles, Tear Gas as Anti-Macron Yellow Vest Protests Enter 13th Week

Elias Hubbard
February 9, 2019

Police said about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees avenue and the National Assembly.

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The major event of the weekend there will be the protest on Saturday whose aim organisers said will be to denounce the new anti-rioting law which aims to crack down on the sort of street violence that has marred yellow vest protests since November.

Shocking images and footage posted online show the Yellow Vest protestor bleeding profusely from where their hand used to be.

Today, there have been more clashes between riot police and protestors on the street, with tear gas and grenades deployed.

Fire department spokesman Gildas Lecoeur told The Associated Press that the injured man was taken to a hospital, but he couldn't confirm his current condition.

A auto, motorbikes and multiple trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city's Invalides monument but France's Interior Ministry said this week's protest was significantly smaller than last week's.

Police said the demonstrator, whose condition isn't now known, is being treated by emergency workers.

The protest in the French capital has passed the National Assembly and will end up near the Eiffel Tower. Most want to continue ratcheting up the pressure, even demanding the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron.

They began in November against rising fuel taxes, but quickly spiralled into a wider revolt over accusations that Macron, a former banker, is out of touch with ordinary people in small-town and rural France.

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