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France Intends to Ban Unauthorized Protests, Face Masks

10 January, 2019, 04:29 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Yellow Vest protesters are hoping to trigger a bank run with a nationwide coordinated cash withdrawal.

On Saturday, demonstrators used a construction site vehicle to smash open the doors of a government building.

He said the government would support a new law to punish the organisers of unauthorised protests, banning known troublemakers from taking part and arresting demonstrators who turn up wearing masks to hide their identities.

Around 50,000 "yellow vest" protesters took to the streets again on Saturday to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's policies, call for his resignation or demand more of a say in national law-making.

As of Monday morning, over 7,000 people had pledged a total of 117,000 euros ($134,000) on the Leetchi website for Christophe Dettinger, known as "The Gypsy From Massy" during his days in the ring.

The twice national light-heavyweight champion was caught on camera jumping over the railings of a pedestrian bridge blocked by baton-wielding police before swinging blows at two officers, forcing them to retreat.

In a video posted on YouTube on Sunday, he described himself as an ordinary citizen acting out of anger against what he called the repressive tactics of the police.

Gérard Filoche, former MP of the Socialist Party's leftist fringe, said: "I've been running debates, articles, meetings, videos voluntarily for decades".

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Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests - dubbed the Yellow Vests - have gathered in major French cities, including the capital Paris, to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.

Disturbing footage emerged showing police beating protesters in the southern city of Toulon, with multiple media reporting that the incident is now under investigation for brutality.

Mr Philippe told TF1 television, "Today, if we want to defend the freedom to demonstrate... we must evolve our law and supplement our legislative system". "It needs to end", he told RTL radio on Monday.

The protests have sometimes become violent, particularly on December 1 when crowds ransacked a museum in the Arc de Triomphe and daubed graffiti on the monument.

At the weekend, there were renewed yellow-vest protests after a lull over the festive period.

Protesters plan to empty their bank accounts on Saturday, withdrawing as much money as possible in a bid to undermine the French banks - if not the euro itself.

Leaders of Italy's ruling coalition - the far-right Matteo Salvini and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement's Luigi Di Maio - have expressed solidarity, though this can also be seen in the context of soured relations between Rome and the Elysee Palace.



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