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(en) ait russia: 44th act of "yellow vests" [machine translation]
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:13:18 +0300
The Yellow Vests Movement held a rally on September 14th throughout France as part of the
44th Protest Act. A central rally was held in Nantes, where thousands of people took to
the streets and there were violent clashes with the police, with arrests, wounded and
routs. Self-defense was able to prove itself with all determination. The response to tear
gas was Molotov cocktails. ---- The forces of the capitalist order prepared in advance for
the protests in rebellious Nantes. Armored vehicles were brought into the street; many
highways were blocked. Police provocations began even before the demonstration. The police
made several arrests and confiscated a large papier-mâché lobster and dozens of umbrellas.
It is stated that the night before, 22 Molotov cocktails were found in one of the containers.
Carrying out actions in the city center was forbidden, and the police tried to prevent
demonstrators from going there. Gathering in the western part of Nantes, the protesters at
14.00 moved to the center. "Justice for Steve: we will not forget, we will not forgive" -
could be read on banners. "Everyone despises the police," "Police kill," the protesters
chanted. Demonstrators expressed their solidarity with protest movements in other
countries, including the Greek Exarchy. When approaching the center, battles with the
police repeatedly broke out, in particular, at Commerce Square, where positions passed
from hand to hand. Police used gas grenades and water cannons, protesters responded with
Molotov cocktails. During the street battles, an electrical transformer, shop windows,
benches were damaged ...
It was impossible to breathe in the city due to the abundance of tear gas. Even seasoned
commentators noticed that they had never encountered so much gas. Police reported the
arrest of 35 people. 2 police officers and 2 gendarmes were also injured.
In Paris, demonstrators surrounded by police calmly walked from the gates of Choisy to
Grenelle Boulevard, near the Eiffel Tower. They chanted anti-government slogans, demanded
the right to a referendum and expressed their intention to continue protests. "Work,
consume and shut up," protesters shouted ironically, urging demonstrators to join them.
Among the demonstrators there were many pensioners: the rally takes place at the height of
the struggle against another neoliberal pension reform.
In addition to the action in Paris, the "yellow vests" held a demonstration at Orly
Airport, protesting against the privatization of Paris airports. They handed out leaflets
to passengers, urging them to sign an online petition against privatization. Demonstrators
chanted: "Orly-Roissy has no price."
In Lyon, demonstrators gathered in the middle of the day on Bellecour Square, despite the
ban of the prefecture, which tried to prevent the holding of rallies in 3 districts,
including the city center. 9 people were detained.
In Toulouse, protesters marched along the main shopping and central streets, chanting
"Toulouse, Toulouse, get up!"
Demonstrations were also held in Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux and other cities.
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