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(en) ait russia - The 49th Act of the Yellow Vests: Solidarity with Firefighters [machine translation]

Date Fri, 25 Oct 2019 08:46:43 +0300

The 49th rally of the yellow vest movement was dedicated to solidarity with the firefighters fighting, whose demonstration on October 15 in Paris was brutally dispersed by the police, and one of the firefighters was wounded in the eye. The central rally took place this time in Clermont-Ferrand. Activists from other places of the Puy-de-Dom, Cantal, Croesus department arrived on a march in Clermont-Ferrran ... ---- Despite the authorities' ban, protesters gathered in Jaude Square. The authorities mobilized repressive forces, significant in the scale of the city: 80 special forces from CRS, 50 mobile gendarmes and many employees of the Department of Public Security Directorate. Police and gendarmes were concentrated nearby, but so far did not intervene. Protesters challenged police stationed in neighboring streets, chanting: "Nobody likes the police."

Only a few demonstrators wore yellow vests. Slogans were put forward not to wear them, in order to avoid unnecessary clashes with the police. "The police will confiscate them from us," explained 58-year-old Alain. He added that "almost nothing has changed in a year, fuel is even more expensive, and the gap between rich and poor is growing."

"Today we came to express our support for firefighters; we are trying to achieve convergence (struggle) of different professions," explained the baker Gilbert, who came from the Central region.

The demonstrators first occupied the symbolic building of the cathedral, and then moved back to the city center, where they built burning barricades from garbage cans. For the first time, ballot boxes flashed on Lagarle Street; later the same thing happened in a number of other streets. A helicopter flew continuously over the demonstration. Demonstrators walked around the city center, accompanied by police officers. They headed down Fongiev Street to the Palace of Justice, and they had to call firefighters to put out burning garbage cans. At the end of the march, the demonstrators tried to return to Zhod Square, where they tried to break into the shopping center, but were driven away by the police. There were collisions at the entrance.

During the march, there were several clashes with the forces of the capitalist order, as, for example, on the small Assa Street, between Zhod Square and the prefecture, where police used tear gas bombs. As a result, at least 11 people were detained.

In Toulouse, protesters decided this time to abandon the traditional route of demonstrations, starting the march at 14.00 not in the city center, but on the left bank of the Garonne, in the Saint-Cyprien quarter. The reason for this choice was the desire to express their solidarity with the struggle of firefighters and emergency doctors, who are just on strike. This quarter houses the barracks of firefighters and a number of clinics and hospitals. The slogan was put forward: "We will help convergence and unity: no man and no woman deserve such inhumanity: this scandalous violence and the complete lack of response from our leaders." As they marched, they made a stop at the Vion Firefighter Barracks, chanting "Thank you, thank you!" and applauding. Demonstrators tried to cross the Catalans bridge blocked by police to the center, which used tear gas against them. Then clashes with the police took place in the Burrassol quarter, where protesters tried to connect with the doctors from the Purpan hospital. Small groups of strikers and demonstrators were located in the city center, between Wilson Square and Saint-Georges. A helicopter patrolled over the demonstrators.

In Paris, protesters marched from France-Television headquarters to La Défense, surrounded by police. The Bordeaux demonstration took place without incident. In Lille, the "yellow vests" held a demonstration under the banners "CRS, don't touch my fireman!" and "Firefighters are poisoned by gas; police officers are awarded." In Lyon, protesters gathered in Bellecour Square with the banner Solidarity with Firefighters. Law enforcement forces attacked them to prevent access to the main shopping streets in the city center.

In Valenciennes, where a regional demonstration of "yellow vests" was held, clashes occurred with the police and gendarmes, which were only three times less than the demonstrators. The protesters moved in a constant police environment. From the very first moments of the march from Valigloo parking, at 2.00 p.m., where the police seized one person, the tension grew. Clashes broke out twice - under the bridge and in front of the brewery on Lille street.

In clashes with the police, who repeatedly used tear gas, in Rouen, demonstrators threw various objects at the guards of the capitalist order. 2 policemen and 1 demonstrator were injured, 7 people were detained.

Marches also took place in Angers, Nior (where the protesters also recalled the struggle against pension reform and the privatization of the Paris airport) and other cities.

In addition to the demonstrations, the "yellow vests" also continued protests on the roads. So, at the roundabout of the Chateau-Gaillard highway A42, they handed out leaflets to passing cars and chanted "We are here, even if Macron does not like it." In Carcassonne, activists of the Carcassonne in Anger group let people traveling on the Q6 highway east of the city for free. In Brest, they blocked traffic on the RN12 highway ...

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