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(en) ait-russia, 26th Yellow Vest Protest: "We will not back down" [machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 May 2019 10:42:01 +0300


While the bourgeois media continue to regularly announce that the protest movement is "drying out", more than 37,500 people once more, for the 26th time took to the streets of French cities. Nantes and Lyon were chosen as the venues for the "nationwide" demonstrations, where battles with the police broke out. However, many activists of the "yellow vests" chose to sit at the intersections of highways and block traffic. ---- In Nantes, thousands of demonstrations moved from the square of Brittany around 13.00, in front were hundreds of people dressed in black, who carried a banner with the inscription "War of Thrones." After 2 hours, the first gas grenades flew at the intersection of the tram tracks. Then the clashes with the police grew and multiplied around the "50 hostages", the Circus Square and the Feydo Square. Protesters set fire to a bus stop. Then the collision spread to the embankment of La Foss. Shortly before 4 pm, the demonstrators overturned garbage cans, built barricades and brought down hail of stones, bottles and other objects on the capitalist forces. At times, the police had to retreat, snarling with tear gas. A few minutes later, the situation at the docks exacerbated: the police drove away the protesters with gas; according to the testimony of journalists there were many wounded. The police blocked the demonstrators on Commerce Square near Buffe, where fierce battles with numerous police forces took place from 5.30 pm. Shortly before 6:00 pm, the police used water cannons and gas and pushed the demonstrators back to the embankments. The forces of "order" with the water cannons stopped at 18.00 at the bridge of Anna Breton. By evening, chaos was preserved; the police did not allow demonstrators to break back into the city center. The protesters stopped on the waterfront Plant, blocking traffic. Part of the "yellow vests" was blocked at the bridge, the other - on the embankment of La Foss. A small part of the remaining "yellow vests" dissipated in the evening ( Shortly before 6:00 pm, the police used water cannons and gas and pushed the demonstrators back to the embankments. The forces of "order" with the water cannons stopped at 18.00 at the bridge of Anna Breton. By evening, chaos was preserved; the police did not allow demonstrators to break back into the city center. The protesters stopped on the waterfront Plant, blocking traffic. Part of the "yellow vests" was blocked at the bridge, the other - on the embankment of La Foss. A small part of the remaining "yellow vests" dissipated in the evening ( Shortly before 6:00 pm, the police used water cannons and gas and pushed the demonstrators back to the embankments. The forces of "order" with the water cannons stopped at 18.00 at the bridge of Anna Breton. By evening, chaos was preserved; the police did not allow demonstrators to break back into the city center. The protesters stopped on the waterfront Plant, blocking traffic. Part of the "yellow vests" was blocked at the bridge, the other - on the embankment of La Foss. A small part of the remaining "yellow vests" dissipated in the evening (
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/gilets-jaunes-des-tensions-a-nantes-20190511))

During the protests in Nantes, demonstrators broke windows of local employment agencies and the Youth Economic Chamber of France ( https://ria.ru/20190511/1553420270.html ). The total number of injured was, according to various estimates, from 34 to 70 people, including journalists. 26 people were arrested (
http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/gilets-jaunes-des-tensions-a-nantes-20190511)

In Lyon, clashes with the police also resulted in damage and serious material damage. Broken storefronts and smashed tram stops remained on the battlefield. 10 police special forces were injured, 8 people were arrested.

Thousands of demonstrations in Lyon initially took place quietly, but after 2 hours, clashes broke out on the Claude Bernard Rhone Embankment. The demonstrators used bottles and stones, the police - tear gas. The tram stop on the embankment was completely crushed. The prefecture stated that the police were attacked by "highly violent" ultra-left-wing activists; 10 policemen were injured. After that, the police tried to prevent the demonstrators from moving further along the planned route. For some time, the demonstration was split in two in the ion of the Gallieni Bridge, and then began to dissipate little by little. Several hundred people still lingered on the embankments and, clashing with the police, gradually retreated to Gerland (
https://www.lyoncapitale.fr/actualite/gilets-jaunes-2500-manifestants-et-de-nombreuses-violences-a-lyon/

Demonstrations of "yellow vests" were held in other cities. In Montauban, thousands gathered on the streets chanting "Revolution!". In Toulouse, more people gathered for the traditional Saturday march than a week ago. The column moved at 14.00 from the metro Jean Jaures. After 2 hours, the first clashes with the police took place. After 3:30 pm, the demonstrators tried to walk down Alsace-Lorraine, but the police stopped them. For several hours clashes with the police, the attacks and retreats of the parties continued. At 4:15, an acute situation arose around Arnaud-Bernard; the police used a large amount of gas and 2 water cannons. Calm reigned only by 18.00. According to police, 20 people were detained (
https://actu.fr/occitanie/toulouse_31555/acte-26-gilets-jaunes-beaucoup-gaz-quelques-echauffourees-interpellations-toulouse_23688051.html

About 200 people gathered in Boulou, near the French-Spanish border. They organized filtering pickets and passed the people who were scolded across the border free of charge (there is a toll road there). Later, when most of the "yellow vests" began to disperse, the demonstrators in masks, ski goggles and gas masks fought with the police and gendarmes at the crossroads of the D900 highway a few hundred meters from the checkpoint. Both sides were injected with tear gas capsules (
https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/05/11/lacte-26-des-gilets-jaunes-a-commence,8194376.php)

In Cana (Normandy), hundreds of demonstrators managed after a march through the city (including to the local prison where the arrested "yellow vests" are located) to break into the "forbidden zone" in the city center (
https://www.ouest-france.fr/societe/gilets-jaunes/manif-caen-les-gilets-jaunes-contournent-le-perimetre-interdit-6345983)

In Paris, the demonstration began at 13.00, in the rain and with the singing of the unofficial hymn of the movement of "yellow vests": "On est là, on est là" ("We are here"). from Jussieux, a gathering place chosen to support educators protesting against neoliberal reform in the industry.

https://aitrus.info/node/5262
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