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Yellow vest protests hit Strasbourg in sign of trouble for EU

Sun Apr 28, 2019 06:23AM [Updated: Sun Apr 28, 2019 07:13AM ]

Smoke billows as demonstrators clash with riot police during an anti-government demonstration called by the
"yellow vest" movement in Strasbourg, eastern France, on April 27, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The "yellow vest" protests in France have spread to Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament, on the 24th consecutive weekend of a revolt which shows no sign of abating.

Thousands gathered near European Union institutions late Saturday, with organizers hoping to make the protest international a month ahead of EU-wide parliamentary elections.

Police fired tear gas to push back protesters trying to march on the European Parliament building and eyewitness footage showed arrests being made.

Authorities had banned protests and barricaded the neighborhood where the parliament and other EU institutions are located.

Protests were held elsewhere across France, coming two days after President Emmanuel Macron outlined policy proposals including tax cuts worth around 5 billion euros in response to the revolt.

The Interior Ministry said around 23,600 protesters took part in rallies across the country, including Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Dijon and Toulouse.

The protests, named after motorists’ high-visibility yellow jackets, began in November over fuel tax increases but morphed into a nationwide movement against government policies.

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during his live address following the "Great National Debate", at the
Elysee Palace in Paris on April, 25, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The yellow vests coalition includes numerous anti-Europe protesters, many of whom are calling for a 'Frexit', which would see France leave the EU.

Thousands of police and soldiers are drafted into the French capital every Saturday, when there is regular fighting and fires being lit.

The situation is now so extreme that vast areas of Paris - including the district around the Elysee Palace - are shut off every weekend.

The trouble has extended to other major cities, including Bordeaux and Toulouse, where hundreds have been arrested, or injured by police weapons ranging from flash ball rubber bullets to batons.

Macron has pledged more money for rural areas, but he is still regularly described as a "President of the Rich” who is primarily interested in supporting big businesses.

He has already scrapped wealth taxes, and made it far easier for companies to hire and fire employees.

Macron had originally planned to deliver a reform speech to the nation a week ago, but it was postponed because of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Some 1 billion euros has now been pledged for the rebuilding of the medieval place of worship - prompting the yellow vests to ask why other funds cannot be found to deal with their own grievances.

R ~ The only reason this man is not hanging from a lamppost is because of the police. The French police should be ashamed of themselves for using force at every opportunity knowing macron is sending in agents provocateurs and should expect to join him when that day comes. For the moment he is spouting 'let them eat crow' from a palace, which he imagines is his royal abode. No psychology of a dark nature at play in that move...
Suspend all belief. Get the facts ~ Rudi
No one rules if no one obeys ~ Lao Tzu