Some 2,000 protesters gathered in the southern French city of Montpelier, considered to be one of the main strongholds of the whole Yellow Vests movement, according to police figures.
France’s Yellow Vests took to the streets to protest government policies for the 30th weekend in a row. The demonstration promptly escalated into clashes with police, at least 6 people were reportedly detained.
Tensions were particularly high in Montpellier, where clashes between demonstrators and police erupted.
Police said the protesters pelted them with various projectiles. Law enforcement responded with chemical tear gas that engulfed the narrow streets of the city’s center.
Several people have been injured during the clashes, while some rowdy protesters have set dumpsters on fire, trying to erect barricades, as well as damaged several ATM’s and other property.
According to official figures, some 3,700 protesters, including 1,100 in Paris, took to the streets on Saturday across France. The fact that at least 2,000 gathered in Montpellier alone, such numbers are likely subject to an update.
Clashes between the Yellow Vests and law enforcement have also been registered in the commune of Drancy, located in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris.
The protesters tried to erect a barricade in a street, but it was promptly swarmed and dismantled by riot police brutality.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.