PARIS: French police fired tear gas under a rain of projectiles and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as thousands of “yellow vest” anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris.
Demonstrators shouted slogans denouncing the police, President Emmanuel Macron and his pension reforms that have triggered the longest French transport strike in decades.
With sirens wailing, riot police drove across the French capital in dozens of vans Saturday to the route where thousands of protesters marched.
The police said 59 people had been arrested by the early afternoon.
There were further allegations of police violence after video footage shot by AFPTV and others showed a young man, his face covered in blood, being arrested and beaten.