The right hand of one of the Yellow Vest protesters has been blown off, reportedly by a police grenade, during Saturday's demonstrations in Paris.
RT video agency Ruptly's footage from the scene shows clouds of smoke billowing around the street as protesters and police clash outside the grounds of the National Assembly.
Video captured in the moments surrounding the horrific hand injury show a marked escalation between police and protesters. One police grenade was filmed exploding as protesters approached the device.
The Ruptly crew who filmed the horrific aftermath of the blast injury say they rushed over after hearing an explosion, and found the injured protester surrounded by paramedics.
Police fired tear gas and flash grenades to deter protesters, while demonstrators threw the canisters back towards police and lobbed signs and pieces of boarding as projectiles.
An eyewitness told the AFP that the grenade which obliterated the protester’s hand was fired by police to disperse the crowd.'
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Medics quickly surrounded the injured man to provide emergency treatment before he was rushed to hospital by firefighters.'
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