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France: Police fire tear gas to break up Lyon demonstrations00:57

France: Police fire tear gas to break up Lyon demonstrations

France, Lyon
December 15, 2018 at 21:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police used tear gas to clear a gathering of people from the centre of the French city of Lyon on Saturday evening, as the 'Yellow Vest' demonstrations entered their fifth consecutive weekend.

Footage shows a heavy police presence and the firing of tear gas cannisters.

Officials estimated that roughly a thousand people took part in the Lyon demonstrations during the afternoon, which represents a decline from previous weeks. The protesters, who had gathered in the central Place Bellecour, were prevented from marching onwards to city hall by police in riot gear, leading to nine arrests, according to local media.

The 'Yellow Vest' protests were initially motivated by the announcement of fuel tax hikes, but the movement has evolved into an expression of general anger at high costs of living, poverty and inequality in the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced several measures designed to appease protesters last week, including an increase to the minimum wage. The authorities have also appealed for the demonstrations to end in light of the recent terror attack in Strasbourg.

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Police used tear gas to clear a gathering of people from the centre of the French city of Lyon on Saturday evening, as the 'Yellow Vest' demonstrations entered their fifth consecutive weekend.

Footage shows a heavy police presence and the firing of tear gas cannisters.

Officials estimated that roughly a thousand people took part in the Lyon demonstrations during the afternoon, which represents a decline from previous weeks. The protesters, who had gathered in the central Place Bellecour, were prevented from marching onwards to city hall by police in riot gear, leading to nine arrests, according to local media.

The 'Yellow Vest' protests were initially motivated by the announcement of fuel tax hikes, but the movement has evolved into an expression of general anger at high costs of living, poverty and inequality in the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced several measures designed to appease protesters last week, including an increase to the minimum wage. The authorities have also appealed for the demonstrations to end in light of the recent terror attack in Strasbourg.

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