Hun­dreds held af­ter protests turn vi­o­lent

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple have been ar­rested af­ter pro­test­ers an­gry about ris­ing taxes clashed with French po­lice for a third straight week­end.

Pock­ets of demon­stra­tors built bar­ri­cades in the mid­dle of streets in cen­tral Paris, lit fires and threw rocks at of­fi­cers yes­ter­day.

Pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing some wear­ing black hood­ies, piled up large planks and other ma­te­rial in the mid­dle of a street near the Arc de Tri­om­phe, be­fore set­ting the de­bris on fire.

Po­lice fired tear gas and used wa­ter can­nons to try to push back the pro­test­ers.

Some demon­stra­tors re­sponded by throw­ing large rocks.

Oth­ers re­moved the bar­ri­ers pro­tect­ing the Tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier from the First World War to pose near its eter­nal flame and sing the na­tional an­them. They were then dis­persed by po­lice.

French deputy in­te­rior min­is­ter Lau­rent Nunez said that 3,000 “trou­ble­mak­ers” were around the Champs-El­y­sees, out­side a perime­ter se­cured by po­lice.

Paris po­lice said at least 205 peo­ple were ar­rested. Mr Nunez said 5,000 of­fi­cers were de­ployed in Paris to try to con­tain the protests.

French Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe said some pro­test­ers have at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers.

He said “some de­ter­mined, equipped in­di­vid­u­als” had gath­ered to “pro­voke” clashes with po­lice.

At least 10 of­fi­cers were said to have been slightly in­jured in the clashes.

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