The Yellow Vest and Anti Lockdown protest in Paris is gaining traction.
An Elderly man tried to stop a rioter from smashing a car at the ongoing Yellow Vest protests in Paris. The man was then shoved to the ground.
French police fired tear gas and arrested more than 250 people in Paris on Saturday as they tussled with “yellow vest” protesters seeking to revive an anti-government movement curbed by a coronavirus lockdown this year.
The “yellow vests”, named after motorists’ high-visibility jackets, emerged in late 2018 in protest against fuel taxes and the cost of living.
By Saturday, hundreds of protesters demonstrators had gathered at the starting points of two authorised marches in Paris.
One cortege proceeded without incident, the other march was aborted as police clashed with groups who left the designated route and set fire to waste bins and a car.
Some protesters wore black clothes and carried the flag of an anti-fascist movement, suggesting the presence of radical demonstrators dubbed “black blocks” often blamed for violence at street marches in France.
The police repeatedly used tear gas to counter small groups of roaming protesters, before they dispersed towards the end of the afternoon.