Yellow Vest protests in Paris turned violent on 5 January as demonstrators clashed with French police on foot bridges crossing the River Seine. Police, in turn, used tear gas against the crowd and batons to fight them back, with hundreds reportedly being injured in riots.
⚡ In the vicinity of the City Hall, protesters threw projectiles at security forces who responded with tear gas — means more #resistance!#Paris #update #YellowVests #GJ #Revolution #Solidarity #Acte8pic.twitter.com/juWgNpYUfu— Radio Paris (@paris_update) 5 January 2019
The demonstrations have been ongoing nationwide since mid-November, with people initially protesting against an increase in diesel and gasoline taxes. Although the French government abandoned its plans, the rallies evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs, with many calling for President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation.