Act 27 Yellow Vests: between 2000 and 6000 People in Toulouse, Five Arrests

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The yellow vests are gathered in the streets of Toulouse for the act 27 of the movement, Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Saturday 18th May, 2019, the yellow vests were demonstrating for the 27th time in a row in the streets of Toulouse. The mobilisation brought together between 2000 and 6000 people. The details.

And 27! Saturday, May 18, 2019, the yellow vestss are for the 27th consecutive week in the streets of Toulouse. The movement, which began on November 17, 2018, continues throughout France. In Toulouse, the demonstrators, gathered at Jean-Jaurès, began their march at 2pm.

Prohibition to demonstrate Capitol Square

As in previous Saturdays, the Capitol Square was banned at the event. The offenders risked a fine of 135 euros.

500 police and gendarmes mobilised

In terms of security, nearly 500 police and gendarmes were mobilised, and the latter received the reinforcement of two armoured vehicles, water cannons and a helicopter .

First observation: at the end of a day that has passed overall in calm, despite situations of tension square De Gaulle or the aisles Jean-Jaurès, and tear gas grenade to prevent access to the Place du Capitole, mobilization slows down. According to a provisional report of the Prefecture of Haute-Garonne, at 7pm, “several hundred people” took part in this act 27.

The yellow vests, for their part, estimate that the demonstration gathered “between 5000 and 6000 demonstrators, roundabouts not included”.

Drop in the number of arrests

Another figure down: the number of people arrested. On Saturday 11th May, 2019, on the occasion of Act 26, 20 people were arrested.

A week later, “only” five arrests were conducted for “possession of an electric impulse pistol, outrage, carrying weapons by destination and concealed face,” said the prefecture. No injuries are to be deplored , always according to the public authorities.

2pm: departure of the procession

Hundreds of people head for St. George’s Square in the quiet. Meanwhile, in Reims (Marne), incidents have already taken place since the beginning of the event.

3 pm: yellow vests are at the Carmelites

The yellow vests parade in the city center, including the Carmelites. And always in calm. They walk the streets of downtown to bypass the Capitol Square, which is, remember, prohibited to the event.

Meanwhile, the yellow vests are also mobilized in the other large city of Occitania, Montpellier (Herault) , where the demonstrators went for a walk to the Comedy Book.

3:45 pm: the procession returns to the starting point

The yellow vests of Toulouse are now Wilson place.

4 pm: first tensions

The security forces, which secure the Capitol Square, do not let the yellow vests, strolling rue Alsace-Lorraine and square de Gaulle. The CRS start the first charges of the afternoon and launch tear gas grenades. Yellow vests are now station Wilson place while the gendarmerie helicopter is still turning in the sky Toulouse.

4.30 pm: return to Alsace-Lorraine street

The demonstrators are back rue Alsace-Lorraine, and now roam around the Victor Hugo market. Back to Wilson under the vocals of “Yellow Vests, come on! Or “We’re here, even if Macron does not want to!” “.

Nearly 2000 people in Toulouse

According to our information, just over 2,000 people are mobilized this Saturday in the streets of Toulouse.

In Montpellier, 800 yellow vests are demonstrating in the city center of the capital Héraultaise.

5.30 pm: the RCs prevent access to the Capitol

The CRS are present in number to prevent access to the Capitol via Lafayette Street. Will the situation quickly become tense? The rest of the yellow vests have now taken the direction of the Place Saint-Georges and occupies peacefully the district.

6.30pm: from the lacrymo square de Gaulle

The CRS use teargas cannons, square de Gaulle, to disperse the protesters. The situation stretches rue Alsace-Lorraine then it calms down quickly. The demonstrators are very dispersed now, but a crowd persists in Jean-Jaurès.

7 pm: tear jets on the aisles Jean-Jaurès

Before the future ramblas, place the tear jets on the alleys Jean-Jaurès … The CRS advance along the alleys towards Marengo.


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