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Publish Date : 02 December 2018 - 19:30  ,  
News ID: 4937
TEHRAN(Basirat): The French government is to consider imposing a state of emergency to prevent riots, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Sunday, following the arrest the day before of more than 400 people when a “Yellow Vest” protest turned violent.
France to Consider State of Emergency after ‘Yellow Vest’ Protest Turned Violent

"We have to think about the measures that can be taken so that these incidents don’t happen again,” Griveaux told Europe 1 radio on Sunday morning.

When asked whether a state of emergency could be imposed, Griveaux replied: "All options will be examined.”

This comes after a dozen cars were set on fire, buildings were torched, tear gas was fired and water cannons were deployed in the French capital on Saturday in scenes reminiscent of guerilla warfare.

The heavy clashes started on the Place de l’Etoile, at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, when groups of people tried to force their way through a police checkpoint set up to prevent a planned "Yellow Vest” protest from turning violent, like it had the previous week.

The situation escalated quickly with some of the 1,500 protesters ripping cobblestones out of the paved road to throw at police officers.

Protesters, who chanted for President Emmanuel Macron to resign, also sat down under the Arc — a significant symbol of the French Republic — to sing the national anthem.

Police wrestled control of the area shortly after lunchtime but groups of men then roamed central Paris, leaving wrecked cars and destruction behind them.

Overall 412 people were arrested and 133 were wounded including 23 law enforcement officers. According to the Ministry of Interior, firefighters dealt with 190 blazes including six buildings which were set on fire, Euronews reported.

Meanwhile, dozens of peaceful protests got underway throughout the country.

The citizen "Yellow Vest” movement wants Macron to reverse his decision to increase taxes on fuel.

The nationwide protest has been ongoing for more than two weeks with protesters setting up road blockages to significantly slow down traffic and the delivery of goods.

Discussions between the authorities and the "Yellow Vest” protesters have been difficult because the citizen movement is not affiliated to any political group or union and has no leadership structure. Furthermore, what started as a protest over the price of petrol has now mutated into a crisis about spending power and inequalities.


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