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3/16/2019

CLIMATE MARCH ECLIPSED BY RENEWED VIOLENCE IN YELLOW VESTS PROTEST IN PARIS

CLIMATE MARCH ECLIPSED BY RENEWED VIOLENCE IN YELLOW VESTS PROTEST IN PARIS
Yellow vests could be seen in the climate march, as dwindling protest movement becomes radicalized.

A march against climate brought more 45,000 people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, according to independent estimates.

In an action dubbed the Century's March, protesters assembled to condemn what they called the French government's "inaction" on climate change.

Called by more than 140 organizations, the march follows a general strike called by youth movements the day before.

The march snaked through the center of the French capital, with organizers estimating that 107,000 people had shown up - and while police gave a figure of 36,000.

Several other marches took place in other cities in France, with organizers claiming numbers close to 300,000 nationally.

The marches were peaceful, and quite a few yellow vests were visible in the crowd, with some of the demands of the movement joining those of the cost of living protests that have rocked France in the past few months.

Despite its sheer size, the protests were eclipsed by violent clashes, damage and looting during the 18th edition of the 'yellow vests' protests,Demonstrators set multiple businesses on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on fire, leaving a trail of destruction.

After setting fire to a bank, protesters torched the famous Fouquet's brasserie, which had earlier been vandalised, as well as a Longchamp luxury handbag store and another restaurant. They also looted several clothing stores.

Only 10,000 protesters took part in the action, which was set as an 'ultimatum' to the government.

The rally coincides with the end of the public debates called by Macron to try take the heat out of the protests and give voters a forum to propose policy changes.

But many "yellow vests" dismissed the consultation exercise as a smoke-screen.

On Saturday, the police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon to repel mostly black-clad protesters who gathered at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe war memorial, pelted the security forces with stones and erected barricades.

"We have been too nice, that's why it's violent today. I'm not in favour (of violence) but we are ruled by corrupt people who dare to lecture us," Jean-Francois Bernard, a landscape gardener who was among the protesters.

On social media, "yellow vest" leaders had hinted at the arrival of sympathisers from Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and even Poland.

Last month the leaderless movement, which spans the spectrum from the far left to right, was tainted by allegations of anti-Semitism.

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