Demonstrations against the upcoming pension system reform in France continued throughout Paris on 2 January, with rioters blocking streets, transport hubs and clashing with police as the protests are approaching the one-month milestone of continuous rallies. Riot police reportedly used tear gas in the form of spray to disperse the protesting crowds across the city.
Videos of the post-New Year’s Eve encounters have flooded social media.
#greve2janvier : ambiance de fou au dépôt Belliard 😁. #RATP, #SNCF, éducation, élus et autres secteurs. Prises de parole, et le blocage tient. Tous ensemble contre la #reformesdesretraites, #GreveGenerale jusqu'au retrait !! pic.twitter.com/7OoChFH6kc— Oué Bébert (@OBebert) January 2, 2020
Several protesters were arrested as result of police efforts to dissolve the protests.
Some users reported cases of police brutality during protests, although it is not clear from the videos whether the violence was unprovoked.
📽 Un motard filme une scène de violence policière se retrouve violenté lui aussi + sa caméra cassée, Images de @TounsiBiker Dénoncez 🙏.#BonneAnnee2020 #greve #Paris #Retraies #greve2janvier #Macron #Giletsjaunes #France #BlackRock pic.twitter.com/7e0q5zvuE9— Le Général 💎 (@LeGeneral00) January 1, 2020
Macron's "democracy" in action as Riot Police beat up #GiletsJaunes protesters in #Paris.— Ian56 (@Ian56789) January 2, 2020
Happy New Year from the EU's Totalitarian Dictatorship!
The EU Army will be fully operational in 2020#ViolencesPolicières #greve2janvier #MacronDemission#Acte60pic.twitter.com/bvz8nskz4v
Protests against the pension system reform started on 5 December 2019, as people remained dissatisfied with President Emmanuel Macron's plans to simplify the system, reducing it to a few pension plans as opposed to the current 42. Despite the ongoing protests, Macron has vowed to finalise the reform.