The police in Paris arrested at least 65 demonstrators on Saturday morning. The city is uneasy because of three demonstrations: a protest for the climate, a manifestation of the so-called 'Yellow Hesjes' and a demonstration against announced pension reforms by President Macron.
The demonstration or demonstrations of the detainees were not disclosed. It is clear, however, that in any case the protest of the 'Yellow Hesjes' is uneasy.
The first disturbances took place around 10 am at Saint-Lazare station, where an unannounced demonstration of 'Yellow Hesjes' took place. Agents use tear gas. According to the Le Parisien newspaper, thirty people were arrested less than an hour later.
Sur les Champs Elysees: tirs de gaz lacrymo démarrent. #GiletsJaunes # Acte45 #ParisAvatar
Tensions also rose at Place de la Madeleine. 'Gele Hesjes' was told to leave there, because demonstration on the square is forbidden. On the famous Champs Elysees, too, it is restless and the riot police are using tear gas.
The authorities took into account a busy protest day in advance: this morning 7500 officers were ready to intervene if necessary.
The 'Yellow Hesjes' movement began in November with protests against planned increases in gasoline excise duties, but is now generally opposed to government reform plans. Contrary to what their name suggests, the demonstrators usually no longer wear a yellow vest. This makes it more difficult for the police to monitor the group.
In the beginning there were almost a quarter of a million participants in the protests, but their number is falling sharply. How many 'Yellow Hesjes' are on Saturday in the 45th week of the protests is still unclear.
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