For the 12th straight weekend of protests, thousands of “Yellow Vest” protesters marched in Paris and other French citi
es on Saturday in relatively calm rallies, but some sporadic incidents led to 30 arrests in the French capital.
As previous demonstrations, discontent people chanted the national anth
em and anti-President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership slogans. Some of them
had put plasters and others wore eye patches to pay tribute to those wounded in the months-long protests.
At the front of the fresh street action, Jerome Rodrigues who lost one of his eyes after being hit by a flash-ball last wee
k, headed the rally in the French capital to say “Stop” to “Violence of State, Macron guilty”, as read in some banners.
The French Interior Ministry said Saturday’s protests, coordinated via social media against Macron’s lead
ership, drew 58,600 participants nationwide. The turnout was down from a week ago when 69,000 people took part.
In Paris, 10,500 people were gathered compared with 4,000 on Jan. 26.