One week after a Yellow Vest organizer was "handicapped for life" by French police, protesters dedicated Saturday's demonstrations to denouncing police violence - only to be beaten and gassed by said police.
There have been 1,900 protesters and around 1,000 police injured since the movement began in November, and 10 fatalities, including an 80-year-old Marseille woman who was killed when a police tear-gas canister was launched into her apartment window while she was trying to close the shutters. She was taken to a nearby hospital but died during an operation after suffering shock, according to a local media report.
More French police throwing down, beating, batoning, and abusing their own people.
Seems to be the usual now every Saturday in Paris.pic.twitter.com/A8Mm0IMtPT#GiletsJaunes #Acte12 #ActeXII #YellowVest
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) February 2, 2019
Police used several weapons against the activists on Saturday, including rubber bullets and Flash Ball weapons. The French Interior Ministry said that 80,000 security officials had been deployed across France, including 5,000 in Paris.
In Valance in the south of France, the mayor said measures had been taken to prepare for about 10,000 demonstrators. Authorities fear up to 1,000 of those could be violent rioters. -Daily Mail
Protesters in Paris began chanting "Macron Resign" Saturday morning as they threw bottles and other projectiles at police, resulting in the deployment of tear gas.
"We want him out, but we also want the police to stop wounding us with their Flash Ball weapons," said 33-year-old Yellow Vest Jacques Caron.
Yellow Vest organizer Jerome Rodrigues, 40, was "handicapped for life" last weekend after being struck with a projectile fired by police, which his attorney said was a flashball. Rodrigues addressed a Paris crowd on Saturday before the day's protests.
Like others who have been mutilated in recent months, he said he was hit by a so-called Flash Ball – rubber projectiles fired from police guns.
A bid to have them outlawed failed last week, and numerous officers were seen carrying them today.
Dramatic video of the Rodrigues incident led to other Yellow Vests calling for a ‘mass uprising’ against the Macron administration.
In turn, police suggest that a non-lethal grenade exploded in front of Mr Rodrigues, and he was hit by shrapnel. -Daily Mailhttps://archive.fo/o7a6Chttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-02/french-yellow-vests-march-denounce-police-violence-promptly-get-beaten-riot-cops