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Yellow vests protests: Over 140 people arrested in Paris

"We're here even if Macron doesn't like it" protesters stated
09:43, 17 November 2019

AFP

November 16, thousands of yellow vests movement supporters came to a rally in Paris. Police arrested 147 people during these mass demonstrations, BBC reported.

“Rioters unleashed some of the worst violence the city has seen in months. With many clad in black and wearing masks to hide their faces, rioters in parts of the city burned barricades, vandalised banks, set rubbish bins on fire and hurled cobblestones at police,” reads the message.

Demonstrators mostly gathered in the southern and northwestern areas of Paris. "We're here even if Macron doesn't like it" stated protesters, while others sang "happy birthday" to mark the anniversary of the yellow vest protests.

The demonstrators tried to draw the attention of French President Emmanuel Macron, whose government has been accused of ignoring the needs of ordinary citizens.

November 17, 2018 was the first time, when a wave of protests embraced the country. The reason for the mass discontent of citizens was the government’s intention to increase excise taxes on fuel. The protesters blocked roads, gas stations, fuel depots, and malls, often clashes with the police took place.

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