Rowdy demonstrations by “yellow vest” protesters continued in France for the 13th week over a rise in fuel tax.
According to reports, scuffles were recorded in France as a scooter and a police van were set on fire, and some shop windows were smashed.
In another incident, a protester’s hand was severely injured when he tried to pick up a so-called “sting-ball grenade” used by police to disperse crowds with tear gas.
“We’re not children, we’re adults,” said Hugues Salone, a computer engineer from Paris, among the chanting and placard-waving protesters. “We really want to assert our choices, and not the choices of the politicians who do not live up to them.”
The number of protesters who thronged the streets of France for rallies were put at around 12,000, including 4,000 in Paris by the Interior Ministry.
A police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris alone.