Act 26 Yellow Vests: A Lot of Gas, Some Skirmishes and Arrests in Toulouse

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Protesters face the police during the act 26 yellow vests, in the streets of Toulouse, Saturday, May 11, 2019

20 arrests and “no injuries to lament”. It is, according to the prefecture of Haute-Garonne, the balance sheet of act 26 yellow vests in Toulouse, Saturday 11th May, 2019.

Six months after the beginning of the movement, they still beat the pavement. The yellow vests were given new appointment in the streets of Toulouse, one of the main strongholds of the mobilisation  in France, Saturday 11th May, 2019.

Beginning of protests in calm

For this act 26,  the demonstrators met at 2 pm at the Jean-Jaurès metro station. The parade marched quietly for about two hours, before the first clashes broke out with the police, who were over 500 in Toulouse. From 3.30pm, protesters tried to go to the street of Alsace-Lorraine, but the police blocked the road, access to the Capitol square is banned again this week, by prefectural order. Both sides played the game of cat and mouse a good part of the afternoon …

Lacrymos and water cannons

The tension rose a notch around Arnaud-Bernard around 16:15. A lot of tear gas was fired and the two launching guns deployed for the occasion were put to the test. At 6 pm, the demonstration was completely dislocated and calm returned.

20 people arrested and “no injuries”

20 people were arrested, according to an initial assessment provided at 6.30pm by the prefecture of Haute-Garonne, which considers that there is “no injury to deplore”.

How many were in the Pink City this Saturday? Hard to say. A police source reports 1,500 protesters. The prefecture estimates that the event brought together “several hundred people”. Still in the procession, yellow jackets have them, expressed in Toulouse News disappointment to observe “a weaker mobilisation since the 1st May.”

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