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Yellow Vests: Many Thugs on the Champs-Elysées, Scenes of Violence

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

A Protestor throws a pavement in the window of a bank in Paris.
A Protestor throws a pavement in the window of a bank in Paris. (© La Marne)

 

Yellow vests set fire to the barricades on the Champs Elysees
Yellow vests set fire to the barricades on the Champs Elysees. (© La Marne)

At 2.30 pm, several barricades were set on fire by the yellow vests protestersThe 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?

A protester:

“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.

Here is all that remains of the truck burned by the demonstrators
Here is all that remains of the truck burned by the demonstrators. (© La Marne)
Yellow Vest protesters set fire to a car on the Champs Elysees.
Protesters set fire to a car on the Champs Elysees. (© La Marne)

 

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 Yellow Vests want to join the Concorde in Paris (© La Marne)
The Yellow Vests want to join the Concorde in Paris (© La Marne)

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.

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.

Protesters set fire to everything they find, here a scooter.
Protesters set fire to everything they find, here a scooter. (© La Marne)

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.”

Protesters blocked the streets with everything they found around them.
Protesters blocked the streets with everything they found around them. (© La Marne)

Among the demonstrators, Jerome and Rudy, both in their thirties, come from Essonne: 

“The government does not listen to us, it is catastrophic. We came in peace, but the CRS are pushing us back all the time.

The furniture on the Marriott’s terrace was used by the thugs to assault the police. The awning of the terrace was tagged with “Macron resignation”:

The Marriott's terrace has been ransacked.
The Marriott’s terrace has been ransacked. (© La Marne)
The police responded with water cannons.
The police responded with water cannons. (© La Marne)

 

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