Num­ber of ‘Yel­low Vest’ pro­test­ers falls

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS -

PARIS – In the 13th straight week­end of “Yel­low Vest” demon­stra­tions in France, pro­test­ers showed no sign of let­ting up pres­sure on the govern­ment and did not ap­pear ap­peased by con­ces­sions by Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

There were scat­tered acts of vi­o­lence as pro­test­ers and po­lice clashed in marches in Paris and south­ern French cities Satur­day. Scuf­fles broke out near the Av­enue des Champs-El­y­sees and the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Mo­tor­cy­cles and trash cans burned as throngs moved in a wave through Paris, and pro­test­ers set fire to a car in front of the Eif­fel Tower be­long­ing to an anti-ter­ror­ism unit.

One pro­tester was se­verely wounded when he tried to pick up a “st­ing-ball grenade” used by po­lice to dis­perse crowds and it ex­ploded in his hand.

But the num­ber of pro­test­ers who took to the streets in the cap­i­tal and in south­ern France was lower than in pre­vi­ous weeks. Some 51,000 people marched across France on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, about one-fifth as many as turned out for the first Yel­low Vest demon­stra­tion, in mid-Novem­ber, and down from 84,000 in mid-Jan­uary.

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