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Yellow vest protest in Paris enters ninth weekend

Paris: Trumpets, flares and flags rumbled through the streets of Paris on Saturday as thousands of people wearing yellow vests started marching amid high security measures, as authorities feared possible violence between police and protesters.

Yellow Vest protest enters ninth weekend

In the French capital, a few thousand people set off from near the Finance Ministry in eastern Paris at around 11 a.m. (local time) and were walking peacefully in the central streets of the capital.

They were planning to head toward Champs-Elysees avenue.

Security arrangement

Authorities deployed 80,000 security forces nationwide for a ninth straight weekend of anti-government protests.

Paris police say 24 people were arrested Saturday before the protests started, primarily for carrying potential weapons.

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Why the protest

The protests started with drivers opposing fuel tax increases, which is why participants wear the fluorescent vests French motorists must keep in their vehicles.

But it has mushroomed into a broad-based revolt against years of shrinking purchasing power and French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-business policies.



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