Police deploy tear gas as Yellow Vest rallies hit Paris on 4th weekend of unrest

Yellow vests protest in Paris

French police fired the first batches of tear gas on Saturday as massive crowds of Yellow Vest protesters swarmed into the heart of the French capital on the 4th weekend of unrest.

Over 300 people were detained prior to the rally on the iconic Champs-Elysees avenue turned violent right after 10.00 a.m.

Videos from the area show people coughing and sneezing after tear gas canisters were fired into the lines of demonstrators.

Ahead of the fresh unrest, Paris police detained over 300 people.

At least 34 of them remain in police custody after officers found masks, hammers and stones during their searches.

Beefing up its presence, law enforcement also deployed armoured vehicles belonging to the French Gendarmerie – the military police.

This is the fourth consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vests protests, with levels of violence between police and demonstrators that have not been seen in decades.

Last week, the unrest peaked again, resulting in over 400 arrests.

Scores of people were also injured during the heavy-handed police response.

Officers also suffered injuries while trying to handle the situation.

SOURCE: rt.com

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