Even the corona virus could not stop the yellow vests in France from taking to the streets in protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.
According to the Anadolu news agency, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the city council in Paris. They carried banners with slogans against Macron and chanted “Even if Macron doesn’t want to, we are here,” and “Macron, prepare! We will send you home.”
The demonstration took place at a time when the French president is in Corona quarantine. Demonstrators also opened umbrellas in a show of support for those arrested last week in protest of Islamophobic laws in the country.
The protesters announced in interviews that they had once again taken to the streets to defend fundamental freedoms. The police and judiciary are at the service of the government, not the people, and the state order in France is dictatorial, the protesters said.
The yellow vest movement began its protests in November 2018 against the policies of the current French government and the capitalist system that Macron represents. Their protests were directed against pension reform and the planned tax increase on fuel.
French police violently cracked down on the protesters. Several people were killed or injured in the suppression of the demonstrations. Many demonstrators lost their eyes to police rubber bullets.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent