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A protester braves the tear gas at Place d'Italy in Paris. Screenshot from YouTube

Thugs destroy monument in Paris during Yellow Vests anniversary

On Saturday, after upheavals at the Place d'Italie, incidents of violence occurred in the center of Paris and especially in the district of Les Halles. Thugs and not Yellow Vests were responsible, even though the latter were demonstrating for the 53rd time on November 16.

Published: November 17, 2019, 8:02 am

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    The Paris police headquarters said on Twitter that “scattered groups of people in the center of Paris are seeking to commit abuses”. Videos posted by many onlookers, testified to the tensions that persisted in the center of Paris in the evening.

    In front of the police headquarters, a police car was overturned.

    In Les Halles, thugs used street furniture to confront the police in the mall itself as law enforcement used tear gas. The onlookers had no choice but to flee. Rubbish bins were also set on fire. At around 19:00, the police headquarters announced 129 arrests and, according to BFMTV, while 79 remain in police custody.

    On the Place d’Italie, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, the monument dedicated to Marshal Juin was destroyed with metal bars and stones by thugs, on the sidelines of Yellow Vests demonstrations.

    The evacuation of the Place d’Italie in the afternoon, gave way to a sad spectacle when thugs started to ransack the commemorative plaque dedicated to the close ally of General de Gaulle. Alphonse Juin (1888-1967) was appointed Marshal after the Second World War after his military actions in Italy and Tunisia, among others.

    According to a journalist on site, the debris of the monument were used to serve as projectiles against the police surrounding the square. For Marine Le Pen, the president of the RN: “The government has left its idiots useful, the #BlackBlocs, to break everything, attack the police and firefighters, destroy a monument in tribute to Marshal June.”

    In another incident, two policemen were forced to take refuge in a laundromat on Boulevard Beaumarchais in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

    According to a video posted by a journalist and taken by BFMTV the police were forced to enter a laundromat to flee protesters after the officers tried to arrest a demonstrator.

    The presence of a client did not prevent the demonstrators from pushing the glass door with a metal barrier, in order to dislodge the officials. The police eventually resorted to reinforcements and tear gas was used to disperse the attackers.

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