French citizens condemn police use of non-lethal weapons in ‘yellow vest’ protests

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:28 PM PT — Friday, January 25, 2019

Chaos from France’s ‘yellow vest’ protest is escalating as citizens condemn police on their use of non-lethal weapons. On Friday, thousands of demonstrators have called action against rubber bullets and tear gas used during the violent protests, saying they can cause serious injuries if not used correctly.

This comes after photos of protesters suffering gruesome head injuries have circulated on social media.

FILE – In this file photo, a demonstrator waves the French flag onto a burning barricade on the Champs-Elysees avenue with the Arc de Triomphe in background. Thousands of demonstrators will again take to the streets across France this weekend in protest of French president Emmanuel Macron’s policies, while anti-yellow vests groups have also planned to use street action to condemn violence.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

As a result the French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced that officers will be equipped with body cameras to record their use of weapons as evidence of any suspected wrongdoing.

“The risks are great if the authorities are not trained to act appropriately according to a situation and if they do not respect the rules of the job and to act proportionately,” he stated. “I have complete confidence in our security forces, but it’s true that at the moment, for example, the great majority of our police forces have had to suspend their training.”

He went on to say that officers will be equipped with body cameras starting Saturday as demonstrations against the president’s policies is expected to enter it’s eleventh weekend.

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