Opposed to the pension reform, the demonstrators joined the large inter-professional mobilization against the project. In Paris, at least 2 000 Yellow Vests have been identified, according to a RT reporter.
During the procession, residents of the capital insulted members of the movement. It was also a very supervised procession, as the journalist Charles Baudry noted in a tweet.
🔴Départ de l’Acte 63 du mouvement des Gilets Jaunes de ce samedi 25 janvier. Le parcours est de Faidherbe-Chaligny jusqu’à Villiers. Le cortège est toujours très encadré par les forces de l’ordre. #GiletsJaunes #Acte63 #Paris #ActeLXIII #YellowVests #France pic.twitter.com/91mteo5rYG
— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) January 25, 2020
Interviewed by RT France, one of the figures of the Yellow Vests, Jérôme Rodriguez, affirmed that he remained “motivated” to fight government policy and defend, in fact, a “more human” policy, notably for “the workers”.
“We signed up for a fight, it is important to participate in the demonstrations,” he said. But another leading figure of the Yellow Vests, Eric Drouet, announced on social networks that he was no longer going to demonstrate.
He says he has been threatened and accuses the movement of not changing its mode of action. Drouet said he wanted to “renew the modes of action” rather than to “bury himself” in “something that did not work” while “tiring out people in Paris”.
He said people in the movement should “remain anonymous” and “not put themselves forward” in order to avoid “problems”.
In Toulouse, they were also on the streets. Among the slogans heard in the was: “Macron has declared war on us and his police too, but we remain firm in blocking the country.” The police also prevented the Yellow Vests from going to Place du Capitole, after they were prohibited by a prefectural decree.
The situation became tense at the end of the day, with tear gas being fired by the police while the demonstrators were trying to get to Matabiau station. At the end of the day, a small group of demonstrators began to block traffic, before being dislodged by the police by numerous shots of tear gas.
The protesters backed into the thick cloud, which also caused the police to suffer. In Bordeaux, Yellow Vests marched in the city center.