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24 | 'Yellow Vests': from left to right, French political parties struggle to respond 16 Nov
In response to a tax hike on already rising diesel prices, outraged French people, hailing predominantly from rural areas, are planning a nationwide protest on November 17. ..The demonstrations are expected to be massive: more than 850,000 [!] people signed a petition supporting the Yellow Vests...
'Struggle' is a charitable characterization.
24 | Accidents and anger at anti-Macron `yellow vest' road blocks across France 17 Nov
An estimated 282,000 [!] people took part in more than 2,000 "yellow vest" protests nationwide, according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. ... One person was killed and 106 others injured - three critically - in accidents related to the demonstrations. ... The protests were at times tense, with security forces using teargas to disperse crowds attempting to reach the Elysée presidential palace in Paris.
AP | 1 dead, dozens injured in fuel tax protests around France
The amateur nature of the protests, often spontaneous and therefore illegal, made it tricky for police, who had orders to use dialogue over force but to stop protesters from completely blocking major routes or endangering lives or property.
Never, ever besmirch the property.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 08:08:47 PM EST
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The person who died wasn't killed by the police but by a car when a group tried to stop the traffic on a major thoroughfare near Chambéry. Without any special equipment or signaling (except the famous yellow vests) nor any experience. Accidents were inevitable.
by Bernard on Sat Nov 17th, 2018 at 09:52:02 PM EST
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