Toulouse has been proclaimed the "capital of yellow vests" for the 22nd consecutive Saturday in action. Among the demonstrators, leaders of the movement
"Yellow vests" were present: Priscillia Ludosky and Maxime Nicolle, also called Fly Rider. At 12:45, the first charges of law enforcement and tear gas were observed by journalists present at
Toulouse. The balance sheet of the agitated day, especially at the time of the dispersal of the event, has two wounded "in a relative emergency" and 23 people arrested reported by the prefecture at 18h.
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Less than an hour after the start of the procession, protesters encountered police checkpoints on the main avenue, the starting point of the gathering leading to the historic center. Very soon, the security forces advanced to reduce the perimeter, launching tear gas and sound grenades.
A burning machine
Protesters remained in place in a tense face-to-face, enamelled with projectile fire towards the police, others dispersing. A construction machine on the avenue was burned.
"You have seen: everything was going well and they gass" indignantly with AFP Fly Rider-Maxime Nicolle, one of the figures of the movement, came to reinforce the city. Further, on a perpendicular axis, a few hundred demonstrators responding to a call from the CGT gathered for a second procession, convened at 14h.
The prefecture noted "the presence of individuals dressed in black, masked or hooded, equipped", who had in the early afternoon "already attacked the police with multiple throws of projectiles and fires. artifices. "
The demonstration of the "yellow vests", undeclared, was banned access to the Capitol Square, in the historic center, but not on the course where the first clashes erupted.
In Paris, a few hundred people began to march, according to an AFP journalist. "Emergency climate", "Macron is not waiting for your ads," "dissolution of the NA, general states citizens" could read on the leading signs. Other gatherings in Marseille, Grenoble or Lille take place. They are the first to take place under the impact of the anti-collision law, particularly targeted by protesters. This leaves the government "even more freedom to do anything and everything" against the movement, lamented Priscillia Ludosky in Toulouse.