Yellow Vests rallies sweep across France and abroad (PHOTO,VIDEO)
Yellow Vest protests have hit the country for the 4th consecutive weekend. Protests in the capital this Saturday resulted in clashes between demonstrators and police, with officers resorting to tear gas. Hundreds were detained and taken into custody in the capital.
Throughout France, over 1,300 demonstrators were detained as people in other regions have also risen up in protest.
A Yellow Vests leader detained in Grenoble.
One of the voices of the Yellow Vests, Julien Terrier, was detained during a rally in the city of Grenoble in southeastern France, the local police prefecture confirmed. He was among 18 people taken into police custody.
Later, up to 1,000 demonstrators marched to the local police station, chanting “free Julien Terrier.”
1,000 march in Marseille
About a thousand protesters gathered in the center of the southern city of Marseille. The march was relatively peaceful. “We are not here to break anything, we have to march openly, if we see anyone who [violates the order], he will be excluded,” one of the protesters said.
Tense atmosphere in Strasbourg
Yellow Vests occupied the center of the city, with police flocking to the area of the protest. “We want to ensure that people get together,” one of the movement’s leaders told the crowd.
Officers were seen in full gear getting ready to respond to clashes if necessary.
Unrest in Lyon
Residents in the country’s second largest city of Lyon also seized their ‘Yellow Vest’ moment. While supporting the cause of the greater rallies, people also took to the streets against the rising cost of living. The demonstration has been marred by violence, with participants and police facing off with each other.
Amid the chaos, with tear gas and baton-wielding officers chasing down protesters, a woman – as bizarre as it may seem – was seen playing a fiddle.
70 detained in Brussels
The spirit of the Yellow Vests demonstrations has even reached neighboring Belgium.
At least 70 people were detained in Brussels this Saturday. Protesters gathered in Arts Lois and Porte de Namur districts in the center of the city. Police said the detentions were merely a “preventive measure.”