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France: Protesters Take Streets for 11th Week, Call Out Police Brutality

HeadlineJan 28, 2019

In France, “yellow vest” protests took place Saturday for the 11th straight weekend, as the movement shows no signs of slowing down. A number of unions have joined the yellow vest movement, calling for solidarity in their struggles for social justice.

Meanwhile, violence on the part of police and certain protesters has been called out. An estimated 10,000 people marched in Paris wearing red scarves, protesting vandalism and various acts of violence associated with the yellow vest marches.

French police have come under increasing fire for the use of excessive force, including rubber bullets, which protesters say have caused serious injuries. A lawyer for prominent yellow vest protester Jérôme Rodrigues said he will be disabled for life after being hit with a rubber projectile on Saturday. Last week, the interior minister announced that riot police would have to start wearing body cameras.

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