Yellow vests shift focus toward police violence during protests

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:22 AM PT – Sat. February 2, 2019

Yellow vest protesters take to the streets of France for nearly a third month in a row, but this time they’re protesting what they call “increasing police violence.”

Reports said around 69,000 demonstrators participated in the movement Saturday keeping pressure on the French government, and protesting unfair economic policies.

Yellow vests demonstrators march Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. France’s yellow vest protesters were back on the streets Saturday to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron’s government and denounce the large number of people injured in demonstrations they say is the result of police violence. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Some however, shifted focus to pay tribute to fellow protesters, who have been injured in clashes with police over the last few weeks.

The government said about 2,000 people have been injured since the movement began.

On Friday, France’s council of state ruled security forces have the right to use high-velocity rubber ball launchers in order to subdue unruly protesters.

A yellow vest spokesman said the launchers are “extremely harmful, imprecise, and cause more sorrow than security.”