Another rally of Gilets jaunes (Yellow vests) has come to an end In Paris, France. According to the French Interior Ministry, 125,000 protesters took part in it on December 8, Le Figaro reports.
During the protest day, 135 people were injured in Paris. Interior Minister Christoph Castaner reported that seven law enforcement officers got injured.
It is reported that the police conducted 1,385 detentions, 974 people are still left under arrest.
A government official said 89,000 police and gendarmes would be mobilized across the country, 8,000 of them would be in the French capital, alongside a dozen VBRG armored vehicles.
“We see some people that did not come there to a rally but to smash things up,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in an attempt to justify the use of the VBRG, capable of firing tear-gas grenades and clearing barricades. Usually, this kind of vehicles is rarely used in city areas.
Paris went into lockdown on Friday, as the city prepared for a fourth weekend of protests. There was a sense of impending attack in the city center as banks, shops, restaurants, and businesses rushed to board up their premises to protect windows from the looters.
As it was reported, the gilet jaunes movement started as a protest against a proposed rise in diesel and petrol tax, and takes its name from the yellow high-vis jackets that all motorists must by law carry in their cars. Protesters gathered on the Champs Elysées demanding from the French President to cancel plans to raise taxes on fuel, which would lead to higher prices from January 1.