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France: "It looked like a civil war" says 'Yellow Vests' coordinator02:29

France: "It looked like a civil war" says 'Yellow Vests' coordinator

France, Paris
January 5, 2019 at 22:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Eight weeks into the demonstrations, protests continued in Paris on Saturday, where more clashes occurred between police and 'Yellow Vests' demonstrators. One of the movement's coordinators described the scene as looking like a civil war.

Footage shows the streets of Paris peppered with the remains of burnt motorcycles and other debris, while hundreds of policemen in riot gear patrol the area around the Arc de Triomphe.

"Things got out of hand everywhere, they used tear gas on us, it looked like a civil war. They charged us, used pepper spray. Journalists trying to take cover inside of building lobbies were thrown out. It's a hostile situation and it's terrible," said Thierry Paul Valette, a Yellow Vests coordinator in Paris.

The protests started in November 2018 in opposition to taxes on diesel fuel. While the taxes have since been suspended, demonstrations continued as the Yellow Vest movement's list of demands have expanded to many other issues, including an increase in the minimum wage, and calls for French President Emmanuel Macron to resign.

France: "It looked like a civil war" says 'Yellow Vests' coordinator02:29
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Eight weeks into the demonstrations, protests continued in Paris on Saturday, where more clashes occurred between police and 'Yellow Vests' demonstrators. One of the movement's coordinators described the scene as looking like a civil war.

Footage shows the streets of Paris peppered with the remains of burnt motorcycles and other debris, while hundreds of policemen in riot gear patrol the area around the Arc de Triomphe.

"Things got out of hand everywhere, they used tear gas on us, it looked like a civil war. They charged us, used pepper spray. Journalists trying to take cover inside of building lobbies were thrown out. It's a hostile situation and it's terrible," said Thierry Paul Valette, a Yellow Vests coordinator in Paris.

The protests started in November 2018 in opposition to taxes on diesel fuel. While the taxes have since been suspended, demonstrations continued as the Yellow Vest movement's list of demands have expanded to many other issues, including an increase in the minimum wage, and calls for French President Emmanuel Macron to resign.