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Police and Yellow Vest activists near Galeries Lafayette on 17 November, 2019 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Yellow Vests Take to Streets in Paris on One-Year Anniversary of the Movement - Video

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The Yellow Vests' anniversary comes amid new unrest in Paris, as the weekend protesters clashed with the police on Saturday, prompting law enforcement forces to ban the rallies.

Yellow Vests protesters are gathering in the French capital Paris on 17 November, Sunday, exactly a year after mass demonstrations rocked France.

The rallies, symbolised by the yellow high-visibility vests of the protesters that gave the movement its name, were initially sparked by a fuel tax hike that was later scrapped by the government.

Nevertheless, the Yellow Vests transformed into a movement voicing general anti-government dissent that continued weekly throughout the year and often turned violent, leading to police and protesters clashing with each other.

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13:37 GMT 17.11.2019
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13:24 GMT 17.11.2019
Government Spokeswoman Regrets 'Radicals' Are Among Demonstrators

"Unfortunately the movement of the yellow vests has, for a number of months, been gangrened by ultras, people who consider that political violence is legitimate. And in any case, we can not accept it," the government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye told Radio J.

13:04 GMT 17.11.2019
Evacuation Reportedly Taking Place From Galeries Lafayette

Independent journalist Charles Baudry uploaded a video on Twitter which shows people leaving the Galeries Lafayette shopping centre.

12:55 GMT 17.11.2019
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French Police Arrest 254 People on 'Yellow Vest' Movement Anniversary - Interior Minister

According to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, 254 people were arrested during clashes in Paris and other cities on the first anniversary of the "yellow vest" movement.

The minister blamed the violence during the rallies on Saturday on "thugs" and "bullies".

"Yesterday, what we saw were few (legitimate) demonstrators but thugs, bullies and morons," Castaner told Europe 1 radio.

During an interview with Europe 1 radio, Castaner said the number of demonstrators stood at 28,600 all across France, while the organisers said that about 40,000 people took part in the rallies.

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Yellow Vests Being Expelled From Galeries Lafayette in Paris
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