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Yellow Vests gear up for first anniversary

For the first anniversary of the movement, on Saturday, November 16, Yellow Vests want to demonstrate on the Champs-Elyseés, where rallies have been banned since March.

Published: November 13, 2019, 8:25 am


    On November 17, 2018, Yellow Vests paraded for the first time everywhere in France and on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, reported La Voix du Nord.

    For the first anniversary of the movement, a call was launched on social networks to gather on the mythical Parisian avenue, where rallies have been banned since last March. On Facebook, the event entitled “Act 53 Yellow Vests birthday on the Champs-Elysees”, counted some 5 000 participants already and 6 500 other Internet users expressed their interest in coming to join on Tuesday.

    A statement was also sent to the police headquarters on Tuesday, November 12. Thierry Paul Valette, cofounder of the collective Yellow Vest Citizens, thinks that the authorities will oppose the procession on the Champs-Elysees, which was ransacked on March 16 this year. The same goes for the entire Élysée sector and the National Assembly.

    Still, he says the Yellow Vests do not intend to deprive themselves of the “legal right” to demonstrate.

    The prefecture of Paris has already proposed a route for a demonstration between the station Saint-Lazare and the Invalides, and said that “the prohibition perimeters defined by prefectural decree […] will be significantly expanded in the center, the west and the left bank of the capital”.

    On the other hand, it does not seem to be opposed to a route with “a place of dispersion located in the east” of Paris. Popular figure of Yellow Vests, Éric Drouet has launched a call on social media for a snail operation on the Paris ring road, at 10 am, before heading for the Champs-Elysees at 2 pm.

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