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(en) ait russia: Despite the "extraordinary": "The 70th act of the" movement of the "yellow vests"

Date Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:50:31 +0200

Despite the instructions of the French government not to hold public events with more than 100 participants, under the pretext of the coronavirus epidemic, the "yellow vests" came out on a new day of protest. The central manifestation of the "70th Act" of the "yellow vests" movement on March 14 was marked by violent clashes with the police, which the French capital had not seen for many weeks. ---- The morning went relatively calmly; The "yellow vests" failed to break into the Champs Elysees, as they planned, due to the massive police cordons. But the demonstration that began at about 11 a.m., which moved from Montparnasse to Bercy (where she never reached), was accompanied by numerous fierce clashes.
Thousands of people took part in the action, and about a fifth of them were activists of the "black bloc", who, after the start of the march, took out and put on black clothes. The police and gendarmerie behaved provocatively throughout the day: they surrounded the demonstrators, stopped them, did not let them go, periodically attacked them and beat them. The special forces of the motor police were especially zealous, who burst into the convoy of demonstrators, snatched people out of there, arrested them, knocked them to the ground ... Such incidents were repeated many times, throughout the route. At least 15 people were injured. Stunned by the suddenness at first, the protesters began to respond, bombarding the police with various objects. The tactics of the police was to prevent the formation of "black block" groups, each time trying to disperse their clusters. Activists of the "black bloc" from the very beginning attacked the gendarmes, who surrounded the convoy of demonstrators and tried to regulate its progress. Throwing them with smoke bombs, stones and bottles, the protesters tried to break through the environment. Police and gendarmes fired gas.

The first incidents occurred shortly after 11.00, when the demonstrators were stopped right in the middle of the street. The first police attack left several wounded. Many experienced breathing problems due to gas, and a gas canister wounded one person in the leg. At about noon, demonstrators walked along Arago Boulevard, between Danfer-Rochero and Saint-Jacques in 13th district; part of the demonstrators tried to break through the cordon of barriers of the gendarme special forces CRS. Smoke bombs flew into the gendarmes, they answered with volleys of tear gas. About an hour later, at 13.00, demonstrators clashed with the BRAV motor police. The police attacked the crowd, trying to restore the fence and select the banner raised by the "ultra-left." The demonstrators managed to push the police and prevent her from blocking the further advance of the convoy.

After clashes with the forces of the Anti-Criminal Brigade and the motor police by 14.00 several people were injured; at least 3 were arrested. At about 14.45, the skirmishes resumed. A group of demonstrators in black and hoods rallied together in the Tapestry area. Activists of the "black bloc" were at the head of the column. The gendarmes and the BRAV attacked the demonstrators right away, attacking them in gas clubs. The column was stopped in the square. Attempts by the gendarmerie to regulate the rhythm of the march caused growing anger. The barricade was on fire. Firefighters tried to extinguish the flames ignited by the protesters, but the demonstrators drove them away. Various objects again flew into the interfering police; she repeatedly blew gas. New arrests.

At about 4 p.m. the convoy was again stopped by the police for no apparent reason. As a result of a police attack on the first rows of demonstrators and beatings, new wounded appeared. Protesters in response lit a fire.

Around 17.30, the clashes concentrated in the Bercy district, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Police ordered the demonstrators to stop the march and disperse at the Chevalre station. In response, protesters began setting fire to cars and scooters. Intense skirmishes occurred on the boulevard of Saint-Michel, on the corner with the street Saint-Hilaire. Firefighters tried to extinguish the fire, but activists of the "black block" did not allow them. The police again used gas ... In the clouds of gas fired by the motor police, the demonstrators broke into a breach in the street of Foss-Saint-Marcel and tried to organize a "wild" demonstration. Then scooters were set on fire and cars were destroyed on Vincent Oriol Boulevard. Fighting broke out with the police, and in the meantime, firefighters tried to extinguish the spreading flame ... At about 6 p.m. the demonstrators managed to block one of the streets. This action again triggered a police attack, gas launch, beatings, injuries and arrests. At about 6.30 p.m. the column moves under the bridge; attacks and beatings continue; despite the growing number of injured, protesters fight back in dense clouds of gas

At 6.40 p.m. tension was still felt in the area of Hospital Boulevard. Police, gendarmes, and firefighters tried to extinguish burning barricades from garbage cans and disperse groups of protesters. By 7 p.m., the demonstration ends, and the protesters disperse in groups persecuted by the police, who continue to beat and arrest people. The police reported 79 detainees, 76 verbal warnings and 1,160 document checks during the day
In Bordeaux, hundreds of people, including yellow vests, marched on a climate protest, contrary to government instructions to limit public events due to coronavirus. The march, organized by local initiatives and groups, despite the abolition of similar climate protests in the rest of France, first gathered environmental activists, but then attracted a growing number of yellow vests, although most of them did not wear their identifying clothes. In accordance with the instructions of the sanitary authorities, the organizers tried to divide the participants into small groups of 80 people, but this plan failed, and soon all the demonstrators converged in one block, which was surrounded by police. On one of the posters one could read: "[The altered]climate kills more than coronavirus." At some point, the "yellow vests" got off the previously announced route and moved to one of the main shopping streets, busy, despite the epidemiological situation. 1 person was detained for throwing firecrackers at the police (https://www.lepoint.fr/societe/a-bordeaux-300-manifestants-pour-le-climat-dont-des-gilets-jaunes-15-03-2020-2367177_23.php).

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