Yellow vests: 1800 Demonstrators in Nantes, 30 Arrests after Clashes with the Police

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1800 yellow vests demonstrators in Nantes, 30 arrests after clashes with the police

A national appeal “against the power in place” was launched for act 44 of the yellow Vests in Nantes, this Saturday 14th September 2019.

Some 1800 people were marching Saturday 14th September 2019 in the centre of Nantes, according to the police, on the occasion of “act 44” movement of “yellow vests”, resulting in clashes between police and demonstrators.

Protesters, few of whom sported the fluorescent vest, drove from the affluent west of the city to the center, where the situation quickly escalated, resulting in projectile fire, to which the police responded with jet firing. tear gas grenades.

Bins burned

“Justice for Steve, no forgetfulness or forgiveness”, “Less suits, more lobsters,” could be read on signs and signs protecting businesses.

In the procession, protesters chanted “Everyone hates the police”, or “The mutilated police, the murderous police”. Several shops and bus shelters were vandalized and garbage burned, AFP found .

Eighteen people were arrested before the departure of the event “facing the significant risk of violent actions in the city center,” police said on Twitter.

Twenty-two molotov cocktails and ten mortars were also found near the assembly point, while a hundred umbrellas and a fire extinguisher were seized, police said.

Some 400 protesters in Lyon

Various groups of “yellow vests” called for a national rally in Nantes to revive the movement, almost a year after its debut, in a city marked by the death of Steve Maia Caniço. The 24-year-old host disappeared on the night of the Music Festival, after a controversial police intervention. His body was found five weeks later in the Loire.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced Friday the transfer of the divisional commissioner for intervention, the report of the Inspectorate General of Administration (IGA) who considered that his decisions had “lack of discernment.”

Police Water canons used against yellow vests in Nantes
Police water cannons against the demonstrators in Nantes on September 14, 2019. (© AFP / Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS)

The city is also marked by the “Rugy case”, the former minister of ecological transition pushed to resignation in mid-July after a series of revelations Mediapart .

In Lyon, some 400 protesters, many of whom were not wearing yellow vests, gathered in Place Bellecour, defying the ban on the prefecture.

Mobilized in number, the police proceeded in the early afternoon to “9 arrests for unlawful assemblies to commit an offence and carrying illegal weapons,” according to the prefecture.

Read also: Toulouse. Act 44: yellow vests invade Matabiau station, eight trains delayed

” Reason for living “

In Toulouse, several hundred people demonstrated, pacing the major boulevards and shopping streets of the centre, with the cry of “Toulouse, Toulouse, get up”.

“Everyone was betting on our breathlessness, but you see, we’re back, always more and we will not let go,” said Véronique, a 74-year-old retiree, who said she found in the movement a “reason to live “.

In Marseille, 200 people, including about fifty bearers of the symbolic chasuble, paraded behind a banner calling for the “suppression of the IGPN, in the service of laundering policies”.

The movement also gathered some 200 people in Montpellier and 150 in Bordeaux. In the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, a dozen yellow vests welcomed the Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire, came to inaugurate the 71st fair of Pau, by intoning: “We’re here, we’re here, we’re still there”, but their song was covered by the music of a fanfare.

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