At Least 412 Demonstrators Arrested After Violent Paris Protests

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On Saturday, French police officers have arrested several of the demonstrators after violent clashes emerged between some protestors and the police during a demonstration that was held in Paris.

Riot police made use of water cannons, stun grenades, and tear gas in order to quell the protestors who tried to breach the security cordons on the Champs Elysees boulevard.

It was the third rally that was held in as many weeks as the people took to the streets to protest the increasing fuel taxes and the government of Emmanuel Macron.

President Macron said that there had been 5,500 protesters in the capital and approximately 36,000 held in total across the country.

Some of the protestors lit fires and threw some rocks at the police, while the images circulating on social media have shown some cars that were on fire.

On Twitter, Castaner tweeted: “The scenes we watched this morning are intolerable.”

He added: “The clear will to attack our police forces, our country’s symbols, is an insult to the Republic.”

The said protest was organised by the “yellow vests” movement. It is a rebellion against the increases in diesel tax and the protestors wear high visibility jackets during the demonstrations.

Police said that some of the arrests that were made amid the concerns that violent far-right and far-left groups were already infiltrating the movement.

Three weeks of protests and demonstrations have now been noted so far with roads being blocked across the nations and calls for President Macron to step down from his position. It is considered as one of the biggest challenges of Macron yet as president.

A clean-up operation was underway in Paris on Sunday after the violent protests injured 130 people and led to the arrest of 412 people.