Yellow Vests return today and another police 'defensive' weapon rolls out Archived Message
Posted by Tomski on September 12, 2020, 4:52 pm, in reply to "(Lancet) French protests: why defensive bullet launchers should be banned"
Yellow Vests’ encore: Tear gas & dozens of arrests as France's most vocal protest movement makes 1st comeback during Covid-19
For the first time in months, the 'Yellow Vests' have this Saturday resumed their protest activities on the streets of Paris. The sizeable march quickly descended into chaos, scuffles with police and numerous arrests.
Following a pause for summer holidays and Covid-19 lockdown, the signature 'gilets jaunes' have also planned marches in Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Bordeaux, and Strasbourg.
In Paris, throngs of Yellow Vests began amassing in the capital’s center, with police expecting thousands of protesters to take part. Two demonstrations have been authorized by local prefectures, one near the Champs-Elysees and Place de la Bourse, and another near Place Wagram.
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Paris police were prepared ahead of the renewed Yellow Vests demonstrations. A number of heavily armed riot squads were strategically placed all over the protest venues, most notably at the iconic Champs Elysees avenue – previously a site of many violent scenes. This area was declared off-limits.
Previous Yellow Vest marches in the area were overshadowed by violence, destruction of property and injuries to both police and protesters. "There can be no destruction and chaos on the Champs Elysees," police prefect Didier Lallemant told news outlet BFMTV, urging protesters to remain “calm."
Warnings aside, police forces have geared up for the upcoming season of protests, rolling out new crowd-control weapons. A new non-lethal grenade – said to be less dangerous than earlier versions – was rolled out this week, despite concerns that such a powerful weapon could cause grave injuries.