Demonstrator loses hand at Paris ‘yellow vest’ march

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

Scuffles have broken out between French yellow vest protesters and police in Paris.

There was also an arson attack on the home of the head of France's National Assembly, though it was not clear if the attack was linked to the protests.

Paris police said a demonstrator lost four fingers when riot officers stopped protesters from storming the National Assembly.

On the 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations in the city, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the Champs-Elysees on Saturday afternoon.

Paris police confirmed that a demonstrator injured in the hand been treated by paramedics, but did not elaborate.

"Every day the military ... protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism". France's interior Christophe Castaner tweeted his indignation over the vehicle being set on fire saying,"These attacks are intolerable".

Interior Ministry figures released at 2:00 p.m. local time put the turnout across France at 12,100, of whom 4,000 marched in Paris, down on the previous week's figures.

In the south of France police blocked yellow vest leader Maxime Nicolle from crossing into Italy to join forces with Italian demonstrators.

"We're not children, we're adults", said Hugues Salone, a computer engineer from Paris, among the chanting and placard-waving protesters.

French President Emmanuel Macron-the target of many demonstrators' anger-tried to claw back support from the public by addressing the movement's anger with a national political debate on economic injustice.

Yellow vest protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police as they keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, during a demonstration in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

More than 50,000 people associated with the anti-Macron movement marched across France, according to police reports.

Recent polls show his approval ratings rising.