More than Ks masked protesters became violent and clashed with riot police during a May Day rally in Paris. 20 Ks labor union members and others had planned to take part in Tuesday’s annual march.
Nearly 1,200 masked protesters resorted to violence immediately after the rally began, smashing shop windows and damaging cars.Riot police used tear gas and water cannon to deal with the rioters. The clash in central Paris continued for hours.
Police say about 200 demonstrators were arrested and that 4 people, including a police officer, were injured.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter that he is strongly opposed to such violence, which is in no way related to May Day.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also posted a message condemning the violent protesters, saying their only goal was to spread chaos.