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(en) ait russia: The 83rd Yellow Vests Protest Act and Police Violence [machine translation]

Date Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:07:34 +0300

The yellow vest movement in France, as part of the "83rd" regular "act" of protest, joined in mass protests against police violence. Despite the ban of the authorities that did not allow 10 people to gather under the pretext of an epidemic, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and other cities of the country. In the capital of France, it was a real huge human sea. ---- The organizer of the demonstration in Paris was the True for Adam committee, but its holding was supported by many organizations and movements, including yellow vests. Protesters marched on Republic Square and planned to march to the Opera Garnier, but the police did not allow the motorcade to start moving from the square. Although the prefect of the Paris police Didier Lalman did not issue a special decree prohibiting the Saturday rally, the rally was considered illegal even without it: the protesters did not file an application for the rally with the police, and the state of emergency sanction prohibits gathering in public places for more than 10 person.

"The police prefecture decided to allow the protesters to remain in the Republic Square," the source said. The police said that for some time they would not allow the motorcade to start moving, but they asked cafes, restaurants and shops that are on the alleged route of the protesters to close their doors to customers. Then the police prefecture tweeted that the protesters could leave the square on any of the streets except Saint-Martin boulevard, which was supposed to go through the march. However, according to eyewitnesses, Le Parisien reports that the police did not allow the protesters to leave the protest (https://www.revolutionpermanente.fr/Paris-Malgre-l-interdiction-de-manifester-la-mobilisation-s-amplifie-contre-les-violences;)

The gathering on the Republic Square was held initially in a calm atmosphere. However, the situation was aggravated by the far-right from the "Identity Generation", who around 14.30 provocatively launched a banner in support of "victims of anti-white racism." In response, the crowds began to chant "Down with the Fache!" The banner was torn and torn to pieces, the Nazis began to throw smoke bombs, but were thrown out. Among the anti-fascist slogans sounded the slogans of "yellow vests."

Unable to leave the square, the demonstrators held a rally at it. The speakers co-branded racism and police terror. The audience chanted: "Justice for Adama, justice for everyone!", "There is no justice - there is no peace", "The police are everywhere, there is no justice anywhere" ... At about 5.25 pm the crowd began to disperse. Some of the protesters organized a "wild demonstration", trying to break through to the street of Foburg du Temple. Police met them with stunning grenades and tear gas. Soon gas leaked to Republic Square, and protesters tried to leave the square along Magenta Boulevard. In theory, it was open to passage, but in reality it was closed.

After a police provocation, street clashes began to boil. Smoke bombs, stones and bottles flew into the police and gendarmes; guards of the capitalist order responded with tear gas. Activists of the "Black Block" forcefully threw back the police in the square. While leaving, the police special forces lost the shield. It was reported that one of the policemen was injured.

At about 6 pm, the police demanded that the peacefully assembled people gather in the square to disperse, while pouring gas and hail of grenades at the crowd. "Street doctors" assisted the victims. Under the pressure of gas, the demonstrators began to leave the square. Relatives of Adama Traore called to sit on the ground, forming a giant "sit-in." The battles in the square did not stop even after the rally at 18.20, in tear gas clubs, under a hail of police grenades and flying objects thrown at the police. The police tried to clear the area, simultaneously urging everyone to disperse. At 18.50, Assa Traore spoke on the square, condemning the repression and suppression of the peaceful manifestation, but urging everyone to leave the square. As people dispersed through Folburg-du-Temple, the battles continued, and the Truth for Adam group several times called for stopping throwing stones at the police. But it was difficult to stop people indignant at police provocations ... ( )

Other demonstrations against police violence were held by Marseille (from the Old Port), Montpellier (from Piazza Comedy), Nantes (from Piazza Bouffet), Saint-Nazaire, Bordeaux (from Piazza Bourges - along with the "yellow vests"), and on June 14 in Strasbourg (https://blogs.mediapart.fr/ceinna-coll/blog/140620/acte-83-lxxxiii-paris-13062020-contre-le-racisme-et-les-violences-policieres)

In Lyon, despite the ban, a protest rally brought together at least 2,000 people who had arrived at the Palais de Justice in 24 columns by 2 pm. Among the demonstrators who followed the call of the group "Truth and Justice for Mehdi" were "yellow vests." Mehdi is the name of a young man who died after a police arrest. At the end of the rally, part of the protesters went to Bellecour Square, in a shopping area where protests were prohibited. To disperse them, gas and water cannons were used. 5 people were detained (https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/rhone/lyon/contre-racisme-violences-policieres-manifestation-lyon-ce-samedi-13-juin-1841058.html)

In Toulouse at noon, defying the ban on demonstrations, dozens of people entered the central square of the Capitol and carried out a surprise campaign, unfurling banners with the words: "Yes to a subsequent, more just peace," "10 unemployed for 10 who received minimum wage compensation," "Masked, but mouth shut," etc. The rally was attended by "yellow vests", activists of the housing right movements, feminist initiatives, groups of temporary workers, etc. ( https://www.gj-magazine.com/gj/refusons-de-la-fermer-action-surprise-place-du-capitole-a-toulouse-ce-samedi/)

In Amiens, at 14.00, dozens of protesters in yellow vests gathered in Otua Square, and then marched along the central streets of the city, staging a rally in front of the Town Hall (https://www.courrier-picard.fr/id91814/article/2020-06-13/une-quarantaine-de-gilets-jaunes-manifestent-amiens)

In the city of Bar-le-Duc (capital of the Meuse department), a group of "yellow vests" gathered for a protest in the city center. "We are here to try to protect our city," they said. The main topics they mentioned were plans to close the hospital and the situation of small-scale trade in the city ( https://www.gj-magazine.com/gj/hopital-commerce-les-gilets-jaunes-alertent/ )

In Tampon, on the French island of Reunion, about a hundred "yellow vests" gathered at their traditional place of protest - the roundabout in Azale, calling for the "convergence" of various themes of struggle and movements. 3 people were detained by the police (https://www.linfo.re/la-reunion/societe/qg-des-azalees-les-gilets-jaunes-militent-toujours-pour-la-convergence-des-luttes)

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