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Gilets-jaunes face continued police violence on 13th week of anti-government protests

PROTESTERS were met by police violence again in Paris on Saturday as the gilets jaunes movement marched on the French parliament in their 13th week of anti-government demonstrations.

One protest had their hand blown off by a police sting grenade which had been launched at the crowds as they made their way to the National Assembly. 

Others were seen with blood pouring from their faces while footage circulating on social media appeared to show French police tearing the clothes of a gilets jaunes activist.

Government figures show that the 12 weeks of unrest has left 10 people dead and at least 1,700 people injured, with police firing projectiles at demonstrators.

Those wounded in the clashes included prominent gilets jaunes spokesman Jerome Rodrigues who suffered serious and permanent eye damage after an attack last month.

There has been a failure to condemn the French police’s violent response from the international community despite the seriousness of the injuries inflicted on anti-government protesters.

Saturday’s protests saw a proliferation of placards proclaiming an anti-EU position, calling for a Frexit from the neoliberal economic bloc.

Many see the undemocratic body as driving French President Emmanuel Macron’s austerity project that has seen plans to axe more than 100,000 public-sector workers, slash pensions and privatise state assets including the French rail network.

Thousands made their way to the National Assembly building demanding the resignation of Mr Macron who has so far resisted the calls, stubbornly clinging on to power despite the growing movement for change.

A group of gilets jaunes are set to contest May’s European elections on an anti-austerity and anti-EU ticket.


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