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In The Fear Of Escalating Violence, Paris Comes To A Standstill

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:


  • Over 340 people have been detained amid the growing violence in Paris according to reports
  • The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are included in the shut down, fearing elevation of riots. 

The Paris monuments and bustle of shopping plats went on a lockdown on Saturday, as yellow-vested anti-government protesters took over the streets of Paris, enveloped by thousands of police personnel

Equipped for an outbreak of violence in one of the worst riots in the history of Paris. Admit the protests last Saturday that found 130 people injured, The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are included in the shut down, fearing elevation of riots. 

Protesters gathered at the Arc de Triomphe on December 8, wearing the movement's yellow vest and waving the flag of France. Over 340 people have been detained in Paris according to reports. Security officials deployed 8000 police and barricade-busting vehicals in Paris, while nationwide 89,000 authorities have panned out to confront the protesters. 

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Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told a news conference in France on Friday, December 7 that according to the information the government has received, some radicalised and rebellious people will try to get mobilizied tomorrow. 

The movement began against the government against the rise of taxes for gasoline and diesel, but the agitation escalated to other economic issues like increasing cost of living and lower incomes. Although the French President Macron has forsaken the tax hike of fuel, he has not calmed the yellow-vested protesters infused with fury.

“We are here to tell (Macron) our discontent. Me, I’m not here to break things because I have four children so I am going to try to be safe for them because they are afraid,” protester Myriam Diaz told the Associated Press. “But I still want to be here to say ‘Stop, that’s enough, this has to stop.’”

Christmas markets, football matches and other events have been canceled in the wake of the protests ever since the unrest began on November 17, but above all four people have died in riot accidents.

The irked rioters have blocked roads, tollbooths in all over France, and the yellow-vested riots have reached Belgium and the Netherlands.  

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