France: Yellow Vests Rampage After Founder Arrested

Violence has erupted across France once again, days after French authorities arrested a key organizer of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.

After today’s protests began peacefully the Paris police once again used riot busting tactics, attacking the yellow vested demonstraters with teargas and batons as protesters began to get noisy during the so-called ‘Act VIII” Day of Rage.

Marches and protests also took place in several other cities across France and in London. Protesters in Paris hurled objects at riot police manning bridge barricades over the Seine river, while garbage bins were torched along the upscale Boulevard Saint Germain. In one of the London protests an EU flag was burned.

33-year-old Eric Drouet, one of the founders of the Yellow Vest movement’s and its most high-profile figure, was arrested on Wednesday night for leading an unauthorized demonstration, signaling a crackdown on the anti-government demonstrators after nearly two months of violence-filled protests. That could be the biggest mistake President Marcron has made in his short lived presidency.

Drouet, a Parisian truck driver, was arrested on Wednesday evening near the highly symbolic Champs-Élysées, location of the french presidential palace. Drouet was detained while leading a commemoration of yellow vests who have died since the movement’s inception, most of whom were hit by cars during protests at roundabouts throughout the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The movement, which began as a protest against a fuel tax, evolved into a general movement against the Macron administration. France has been shown by economicv researchers to be the most taxed country in the world.

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