Yellow-vest protests: photographer maimed by police grenade in Paris clash

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

Earlier on Saturday, activists in Latvia staged a picket in front of the French embassy in Riga, the capital of the small Baltic EU country, to support the yellow vest movement and urge Latvians to demand higher living standards.

Police said 31 demonstrators had been arrested in the unrest.

The French President was eventually forced to abandon the charge in a bid to quell the violence but ended up only firing up protestors keen on getting more concessions from the Government. Although the number of protesters is falling slightly - officials counted 51,000 nationwide this weekend - they retain their capacity to cause chaos, in part due to the presence of extremists from both the left and right.

Royer said the victim was a yellow jacket photographer "taking photos of people trying to break down the barriers protecting the entrance to the National Assembly", at around midday.

"We put him to one side and called the street medics".

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

An injured protester is given help during a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France February 9, 2019.

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"This is the second severe injury in as many weeks and will likely inflame tensions between the government and the yellow vest movement", Beardsley reported.

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

Thousands of protesters also turned out in the French cities of Marseille and Montpellier as well as Bordeaux and Toulouse and in several cities in France's north and west.

The first yellow vest day of protest in November brought 282,000 people out on to the streets across France, according to government figures.

But a YouGov poll of 1,037 people issued on Thursday suggested that almost two out of three people in France (64 per cent) still support the movement.

French prosecutors are meanwhile investigating a series of attacks on homes belonging to politicians in Macron's Republic on the Move party, ranging from vandalism to arson.

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