Yellow Vest riots erupt in France for the 24th ‘Day of Rage’ in a row

Yellow Vest riots erupt in France for the 24th ‘Day of Rage’ in a row

Yellow Vest riots erupt in France for the 24th ‘Day of Rage’ in a row as police fire tear gas to break up anti-Macron protests

  • Riot police unleashed tear gas on protesters in Strasbourg today as they surrounded European Parliament
  • Fights happened despite €5million measures proposed by Emmanuel Macron on their 24th day of protest 
  • Macron said: ‘Deep reform is needed to address the deep sense of fiscal, social and provincial injustice’ 

Fighting broke out between riot police and Yellow Vest protesters around the European Parliament in Strasbourg today as thousands of rounds of tear gas were unleashed.

The anti-government movement had pledged to lay siege to the assembly in eastern France on their 24th ‘Day of Rage’ Saturday in a row.

This was despite a series of €5million measures laid out by French President Emmanuel Macron to pacify the Yellow Vests, who are named after their distinctive high-visibility motoring jackets.

Fights between Yellow Vest protesters and police broke out in Strasbourg today as the protesters surrounded the European Parliament. Pictured is a protester throwing a smoke canister  

The protest continues for it’s 24th ‘Day of Rage’ in a row despite a series of €5million measures laid out by French President Emmanuel Macron. Pictured are Yellow Vest protesters in Paris on their ‘Act XXIV’ (Act 24) today 

President Macron gave a crisis TV address from the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday where he made it clear that the protest movement reflected legitimate anger. Pictured is a barricade on fire during a Yellow Vest protest last December


A Yellow vest protester holds a sign with a derogatory depiction of President Macron with the caption ‘Macron’s real face’ (left) in Paris today. Another protester holds up a board which says: ‘I have understood you! The National Debate! What a joke! Hi hi’ (right)

Referring to the Left Wing anti-fascist movement, independent journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis wrote on Twitter: ‘Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) Antifa protestors are literally fighting with police on the passage bridge in Strasbourg, as police block major roads and bridges leading towards the European parliament.’

Videos showed tear gas being unleashed around the Strasbourg parliament, as arrests were made by heavily armed riot police.

The Yellow Vests coalition includes numerous anti-Europe protesters, many of whom are calling for a ‘Frexit’, which would see France leave the EU.

In a crisis TV address from the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday, Mr Macron made it clear that the protest movement calling for his resignation reflected legitimate anger.

‘Deep reform is needed to address the deep sense of fiscal, social and provincial injustice,’ said Mr Macron, who said €5billion would be spent on measures aimed at helping them.

He said ‘income tax will be significantly reduced,’ especially for the working classes who formed the Yellow Vests on line last November.

Mr Macron was severely criticised for responding to their demands within a few weeks, slashing green taxes on petrol and diesel just before Christmas.

A protester holds up the French flag during the rally in Paris today on the 24th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest demonstrations

Riot police run in a street past a burning rubbish bin during the demonstration by European Parliament in Strasbourg

Videos from the fights today in Strasbourg showed police unleash tear gas on protesters in an attempt to dissipate the crowds. Independent journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis wrote on Twitter: ‘Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) Antifa protestors are literally fighting with police on the passage bridge in Strasbourg, as police block major roads and bridges leading towards the European parliament.’ Pictured are riot police gathered on a bridge in Strasbourg

President Macron said ‘income tax will be significantly reduced,’ especially for the working classes who formed the Yellow Vests on line last November. Pictured are protesters holding a banner that reads ‘Social regression is non-negotiable’ during the 24th ‘Day of Rage’ demonstration

Despite other concessions costing some €10billion, the Yellow Vests continued to campaign, and soon turned into a nationwide anti-government movement.

They have been responsible for some of the worst violence seen in cities such as Paris for 50 years.

Thousands of police and soldiers are drafted into the French capital every Saturday, when there is regular fighting and acts of vandalism, including fires being lit.

The situation is now so extreme that vast areas of Paris – including the district around the Elysee Palace – are shut off every weekend.

Two demonstrations were held in Paris today, and there were similar gatherings in cities such as Dijon and Toulouse.

Protesters in Paris hold up a huge sign which reads: ‘Faced with a global attack, general response’. According to the General Confederation of Labour union, 80,000 people have participated in the protests in Paris

Yellow Vests take to the streets for the 24th consecutive Saturday of protests. Some 250,000 people across the country are believed to have joined in the anti-Macron protests, according to CGT


One protester holds a poster which calls for ‘a free press to inform’ during a Yellow Vest demonstration outside the headquarters of France’s Audiovisual Council today in Paris (left). Another protester wears her yellow vest which states ‘I am ashamed for my government but I still love my country’ during the demonstration outside the EU headquarters in Strasbourg today (right)

Mr Macron was severely criticised for responding to their demands within a few weeks, slashing green taxes on petrol and diesel just before Christmas. Pictured are protesters at the demonstration in Strasbourg which has seen police unleash tear gas on Yellow Vests

Despite other concessions costing some €10billion, the Yellow Vests continued to campaign, and soon turned into a nationwide anti-government movement. They have been responsible for some of the worst violence seen in cities such as Paris for 50 years. Pictured is a Yellow Vest protester giving a riot policeman a flower in Paris today

Protesters in Paris carry a placard depicting Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, which commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France

A protester in Paris holds a toy cow as he stands outside the headquarters of France’s Audiovisual Council in Paris

The trouble has extended to other major cities, including Bordeaux and Toulouse, where hundreds have been arrested, or injured by police weapons ranging from ‘flash ball’ rubber bullets to batons.

Roundabouts, fuel depots and motorway service stations have also been targeted by the Yellow Vests in the countryside, prompting Mr Macron to pledge more money for rural areas.

Despite such moves, Mr Macron is still regularly described as a ‘President of the Rich’ who is primarily interested in supporting big business.

He has already scrapped wealth taxes, and made it far easier for companies to hire-and-fire employees.

Mr Macron had originally planned to deliver a reform speech to the nation a week ago, but it was postponed because of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Some €1billion has now been pledged to rebuild the medieval place of worship – promoting the Yellow Vests to ask why other funds cannot be found to deal with their own grievances.

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