The situation was tense on Saturday in Montpellier.
A demonstration against the vaccine pass, bringing together according to the police some 2,500 demonstrators in the center of the city, was marked by degradations and clashes.
Several windows were broken, including those of two banks, and garbage cans set on fire, by a radicalized part of the demonstrators, according to the Departmental Directorate of Public Security (DDSP) of Hérault.
A total of five people were arrested, we learned in the evening from a police source.
Projectiles against tear gas
Targeted by projectiles from demonstrators, the police responded by repeatedly using tear gas, in front of the Hérault prefecture and Place de la Comédie, to disperse the crowd.
The situation remained electric until the end of the afternoon, with "scattered groups (who) continued to stir up trouble", "several hundred people" according to the police.
In the middle of the afternoon, the police had also had to divert traffic to prevent vehicles from heading towards the city center.
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