Trouble makers have infiltrated the movement of yellow vests in Paris, Saturday 24th November. The police had to use tear gas to repel them.
4pm: several lights were lit by the thugs, including Roosevelt Avenue where bikes and a scooter burn in the middle of the street.
Breakers have just attacked the window of the bank Milleis. Immediately, the CRS responded with tear gas and a deafening bomb.
Shots from projectiles were also seen directly at the protesters.
81,000 demonstrators in France
At 3pm, nearly ” 81,000 demonstrators were counted across France , against 244,000 last week at the same time,” said the Ministry of the Interior
At 2.30 pm, several barricades were set on fire by the yellow vests protesters. The police replicate by activating the water cannons.
A protester was surprised to throw a block on the CRS , other protesters got angry with him and asked him why he was doing this?
“It takes a turn that we did not want, they are breaking everything.”
A large part of the protesters turn back, some talk about joining the Eiffel Tower, others go to Bercy.
At 2 pm , while the yellow vests protesters managed to encircle the Arc de Triomphe, they now walk towards the Concorde. The CRS go down the Avenue des Champs Elysées.
But new barricades are erected in the middle of the avenue to prevent the police from joining them.
The demonstration of Vests yellow in Paris, Saturday , November 24 , does not take place in calm. Very quickly, clashes between protesters and law enforcement.
Several metro stations have been closed and many streets have been cordoned off to prevent Yellow Vests from reaching the Champs Elysees.
Once there, the first tensions quickly broke out.
#GiletsJaunes #24novembre à #Paris : il se passe beaucoup trop de choses, je n’arrive pas à être en temps réel. Les forces de l’ordre n’ont pas réussi à éteindre le feu de remorque, elles bombardent de lacrymo. pic.twitter.com/1AVtrt12fY
— simon louvet (@LouvetSimon) 24 November 2018
The police were thrown stones. The police fought back with water cannons.
Street furniture serves as projectiles
Protesters use everything they find to block the police : flower boxes, street furniture, construction equipment, are placed across the street to prevent the CRS to move forward. Chairs fly to CRS, but also pavers and construction equipment.
They are heading towards the Arc de Triomphe
While the demonstrators wanted to advance at all costs towards the Concorde, while the CRS pushed them towards the Arc de Triomphe, the Yellow Vests finally decided to join the Arc de Triomphe, chanting “Macron resignation”.
Some protesters leave the premises by perpendicular small streets to escape the police and tear gas . Some gassed demonstrators are evacuated by other yellow vests.
Fires on the Champs Elysees
The demonstrators set fire to electric scooters that were parked along the Champs Elysees.
The CRS are fighting back and trying to repel the protesters. A truck used to extinguish the fires has been overturned and is currently burning. Alternately, Yellow Vests and CRS charge to gain ground.
Bruno, a yellow Vest, came from Rodez (Aveyron) with four of his friends. It testifies :
“It was necessary to come to Paris, to Rodez, we have already blocked everything. It’s in Paris that it takes place. We made the road all night, it was important that we were there.”