Yellow Vests Are Showing Up Again in France

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After a break in the summer, the so-called yellow vests are making their comeback on the streets of France.

 

The protest movement has announced actions and demonstrations in Paris for Saturday. Meetings are also planned in other parts of the country.

As is often the case, the police in the capital have prohibited demonstrations on the Champs-Elysées, for example, “because of the risks of disturbances in public order”. 2300 people have indicated on Facebook that they will go there.

According to police sources, 4,000 to 5,000 protesters are expected in Paris, including 1,000 potentially violent people. Jérôme Rodrigues of the yellow vest movement has called for “complete civil disobedience”.

Authorities in Toulouse, one of the strongholds of the movement, have banned a demonstration related to the coronavirus, also citing the problems that arose during protests in 2018 and 2019.

Workers from mainly outside the big cities who noticed that they have less and less to spend started the civil movement against social injustice almost two years ago.

After increases in fuel prices, the ‘gilets Jaunes’ took to the squares, streets and highways for the first time on Saturday 17 November 2018. On many Saturdays afterwards, they continued to protest, with frequent violent clashes with the police.

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