“We’re here even if Macron doesn’t want to,” “Macron, get ready, we’ll take you home,” chanted the Parisian demonstrators this Sunday, December 20.
Demonstrators in yellow jackets took to the streets again on Saturday to challenge French President Emmanuel Macron’s policies in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.
Gathered in front of the Council of State in the capital Paris, hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Place du Châtelet.
Holding anti-Macron banners, the demonstrators shouted: “We’re here even if Macron doesn’t want to” and “Macron, get ready, we’ll take you home”, while the French president is in a quarantine car because of the coronavirus.
During the demonstration, they opened umbrellas in support of those who were arrested last week as part of an anti-Islamophobic demonstration in the country.
Speaking to the Anadolu agency, one protester said they were back on the streets to defend fundamental freedoms. “The police and judiciary work for the government. This is called dictatorship, nothing else. »
The Parisian protester denounced the security bill and said that people were blacklisted because of their religion and that they were monitored and followed.
Meanwhile, Paris police did not allow demonstrations around the National Assembly and on the Champs Elysees.
From the beginning, Yellow Vests were relentless, taking to the streets every Saturday since November 2018.
In September, they took to the streets again for the first time since the coronavirus crisis with demands for a fairer way of life in France.
The protests culminated on December 1, 2018, when thousands of people gathered to protest around the Arc de Triomphe, often their favorite spot.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent