Yellow vest protest: More than 260 arrested across France

Yellow vest protest: More than 260 arrested across France

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Paris, Nov 17: More than 260 people across France were arrested as protesters took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government yellow vest protest on Saturday, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Sunday.

"Yesterday, 264 people were detained, including 173 in Paris [following the rallies], Castaner told Europe 1 radio station, Sputnik reported.

The yellow vest movement marked its first anniversary this weekend with mass rallies across the country. The yellow vests movement or yellow jackets movement is a populist, grassroots revolutionary political movement for economic justice that began in France in October 2018. After an online petition posted in May had attracted nearly a million signatures, mass demonstrations began on 17 November. The movement is motivated by rising fuel prices and a high cost of living; it claims that a disproportionate burden of the government's tax reforms were falling on the working and middle classes, especially in rural and peri-urban areas. The protesters have called for lower fuel taxes, a reintroduction of the solidarity tax on wealth, a minimum-wage increase, the implementation of Citizens' initiative referendums, as well as the resignations of President Emmanuel Macron and the Second Philippe government.

The demonstration in the City of Lights turned violent, with protesters clashing with police and the latter resorting to tear gas and water cannons. (UNI)