Yellow Vest, Act 18, Thousands Converge for the 18th Consecutive Saturday

The Yellow Vest movement again gathered across the country against president Macron and his administration and government policies that favor the rich. Thousands converged on Champs-Elysees avenue for the 18th straight week.

Police attacked protesters with batons, tear gas and water cannons. More than 100 people were arrested.

Large plumes of smoke rose above the French capital as demonstrators built barricades and set fires, a bank was also lit on fire. The government said up to 8,000 demonstrators were in Paris on Saturday, with many thousands more across the country.

The latest rally marked the end of a two month long publicity stunt from the Macron government to serve as a smokescreen for popular discontent that has led to the rolling national uprising.

The yellow vest movement was sparked by tax hikes that would impact members of society struggling the most, but quickly spread to popular uprising against president Macron and his government’s policies that favor the rich.

Some protesters chanted, “Macron, we’re coming to get you at home.”

 

 

Photo: “Les Gilets Jaunes” by Patrice CALATAYU is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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