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The return of the protests of the ‘yellow vests’ in France After the summer break, he started this Saturday with at least 80 arrested in Paris. The arrests took place first thing in the morning, before the start of the official march and after the veto of the manifestation that they had summoned in the Elysian Fields. The authorities want to prevent the protests from ending in a wave of destruction in this emblematic walk of the French capital.

Almost two years after their first mobilizations, the so-called ‘yellow vests’ They have prepared to return to the streets with a series of actions both in the capital and in cities such as Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Bordeaux or Strasbourg.

The shops of the Champs-Elysées have dawned this Saturday completely armored due to the fear that there may be damage, following the instructions of the Police who recommended that they close first thing in the morning and install protection.

“There is a problem of serenity on this avenue, which is the showcase of our country,” said the prefect of the Paris police, Didier Lallemet, at a press conference this Saturday, justifying the reason for the ban on the demonstration.

The Police Prefecture has rejected the two marches around the Champs-Elysées and has allowed instead two, one between the Place de la Bourse and the Porte de Champerret (northwest), and the other between the Place de Wagram and the Place Saint-Pierre, in front of the church of the Sacred Heart.

Back to the protest routine

In parallel, one of the leaders of the ‘yellow vests’, who intend to return to the old routine of weekly mobilizations, Jérôme Rodrigues, has called on his followers to “civil disobedience” and to hide their identity documents to slow down the controls. . An appeal that has been described as “childish” by Lallamet, who considers that the device is ready to carry out identity checks.

In the Facebook event of the convocation, more than 2,000 people have indicated that they will participate in the rally but the police expect more than twice the number of attendees.

In addition to the “important” and “reactive” police deployment prepared to control the riots, the authorities demand that the protesters respect physical distance and wear a mask, in full degradation of the health situation in France, which registered on Saturday more of 9,000 new positives of the coronavirus.

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