French Yellow Vest protesters as well as their Dutch and Swedish counterparts took to the streets again on Saturday amid the latest in demonstrations rocking the region.
Demonstrating against police brutality and the use of chemical tear gas, several protesters marching to the center of Paris were wounded by tear gas launched by security forces who then cracked down on the marchers in Place de la Republique arresting 10 amid the 12th week of country-wide demonstrations.
Tensions were also high in the towns of Nantes and Valence where authorities announced the arrest of 18 protesters. Two police officers were injured during the protests in Nantes.
According to data shared by interior ministry, 58,600 people took part in the protests across France. Paris police headquarters said that a total of 22 people were arrested in Paris.
Some 500 Yellow Vest protesters in the Netherlands held anti-government demonstrations in the city of Maastricht for the 10th weekend.
Police arrested one protester for insulting security forces, while one person hit by a firework was wounded. The protests started in France but spilled over to other European countries, including Sweden, Belgium, UK and the Netherlands.
Separately, roughly 200 Swedish protesters demonstrated in Stockholm against economic inequality and privatization.
Since Nov. 17-2018, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests — dubbed the Yellow Vests — have gathered in major French cities, including Paris, to protest French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial fuel tax hikes and deteriorating economic situation.
Demonstrators held protests blocking roads as well as entrances and exits to gas stations and factories across the country.
Under pressure, Macron announced a rise in the minimum wage and scuttled the tax hikes.
At least 10 people have died, around 6,000 others have been detained by the French police and over 2,000 others have been injured in the protests.
French lawmakers approved a bill last week that restricts the use of masks to hide faces during demonstrations.
Protesters wearing masks or covering faces during demonstrations will face one year of imprisonment and €15,000 fine, according to the bill.
AA. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.