Yellow Vest protesters have marched on the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, prompting police to deploy tear gas. The demonstrators have also swarmed several TV stations, demanding better coverage of their movement.
The 24th consecutive weekend of demonstrations saw more than 5,000 protesters take to the streets across France, including 2,600 in Paris, according to Interior Ministry figures, which the Yellow Vests have often questioned in the past.
In Strasbourg, tear gas filled the streets as police struggled to keep hundreds of demonstrators away from the EU Parliament buildings. Police have blocked roads and bridges, and clashes have broken out between heavily armored riot control officers and masked protesters.
Macron is gassing his own people - outside EU HQ!
Where are the international calls for Regime Change?#ActeXXIV#Acte24#MacronDemissionpic.twitter.com/cytCGp6EcK
— Ian56 (@Ian56789) April 27, 2019
#Update: The "#GiletsJaunes" Antifa protestors are literally fighting with police on the passage bridge in #Strasbourg, as police blocks major roads and bridges leading towards the European parliament building. #ActeXXIV pic.twitter.com/Sy2foupu3s
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁ (@sotiridi) April 27, 2019
Wearing improvised gas masks, the Yellow Vests kicked tear-gas canisters back at the battalions of police blocking the roads.
Tensions palpable and rising fast as several attempts have been made to access the European Parliament Building in #Strasbourg. Clashes ongoing between #GiletsJaunes, #BlackBlocs, and Regime Forces. #ActeXXIV #YellowVests pic.twitter.com/0wEdTjS6tO
— Simply Beautiful (@SimplyBeautific) April 27, 2019
Paris has been the epicenter of the Yellow Vest movement since it began as a show of opposition to a planned fuel tax hike last November. On Saturday, activists surrounded the headquarters of several French television networks there, demanding better coverage of their weekly demonstrations.'
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