Clashes have begun between police and protesters in central Paris on the third weekend of yellow vest rallies over high fuel prices.
Macron’s fuel tax triggered the fuel protests.
To disperse the protesters, police used stun grenades, tear gas, and water cannon on the Champs Elysees. Meanwhile, demonstrators threw projectiles toward the officers.
Anger over President Macron’s fuel tax has triggered the protests. However, Mr. Macron has defended his decision by saying that his fuel policies will help to battle global warming.
The Saturday’s clashes started as police closed tourist avenue of Champs Elysees. All the local businesses have shut down their windows before the 5,500 people reached in the area.
The peaceful demonstrators have mottoes like “Macron, stop treating us like idiots”. Some others also hide their faces with masks and goggles.
Police used tear gas, water cannon and stun grenades to scatter those who were trying to break down the barricades.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner revealed via Twitter that almost 1,500 protesters outside the security perimeter came to combat.
According to PM Philippe, around 36,000 people came to participate in this the third weekend. This condition caused a huge traffic jam. The movement has increased through social media over high taxes and living cost. Almost 300,000 people participated in a country-wide demonstration held on 17 November.
Almost 200 people sustained injuries in these protest while one person also died after getting hit by a panicked driver. A motorcyclist also died after a van hit him in an attempt to take the turn in traffic chaos.
Protesters were in yellow vests.
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