Police clash with yellow vest protesters in Paris

Yellow vest protesters wearing protective face masks as precaution against the conoravirus holds up their hands during a march in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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UPDATED 11:10 AM PT – Saturday, September 12, 2020

Yellow vest protesters restarted their demonstrations and clashed with police in the streets of Paris this week. Saturday’s march marked the first demonstration by the yellow vest movement since coronavirus restrictions started in France.

Police were deployed to the city and used tear gas against demonstrators, who had left the designated route and set fire to trash bins.

Ahead of the demonstration, police warned officers would get involved if the situation became violent.

“It should take place peacefully, that there are no destructions,” stated Paris Police Prefect Didier Lallement. “If there are destructions, if there is a desire to break things, then of course we’ll be present and we’ll prevent them from doing so.”

Yellow vest protesters escape tear gas fired by French police while wearing protective face masks as precaution against the conoravirus during a march in Paris, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

This protest also marked the first demonstration under France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex.

The yellow vest movement began in 2018 over fuel tax increases. It has since evolved into a larger movement against reforms made by President Emmanuel Macron.

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