Thousands of yellow vests protesters demonstrated in and around Paris on Saturday for 15 consecutive weeks to confirm their protest movement against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies has not ebbed.
“Our movement is not ebbing and I think it can last”, Jeremy Dubois, a 22-year-old worker said, during a Paris rally on the Champs-Elysées that brought together 4,000 demonstrators, according to the authorities, compared to 3,000 last week.
In France, 11,600 “yellow vests” protesters demonstrated at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT), according to the French Interior Ministry, a slight increase from the number of protesters at the same hour last week when there were ten thousand and 200 demonstrators.
The number of protesters on 17 November 2018 about 282 thousand at the start of the unprecedented protest movement in the form of political and trade union was then a protest focused on raising fuel prices and improve purchasing power.
But last Saturday, only 41,000 people demonstrated, according to official figures, which the protesters say are incorrect.
Lobarezine wrote Saturday “the final breath” in the image of one of the “yellow vests” protesters, but he is still standing at the intersection of roads expressing his protest.
For more than three months, authorities have sought to regain the lead.
After taking measures to improve purchasing power at a cost of 10 billion Euros, Macron launched the “Great National Debate” to hear the reasons for public anger.
But it remains to be seen whether or not the results of this debate will be taken into account or feared, as some yellow vests claim.
“The same reasons that led us to demonstrate on 17 November still exist”, said the nurse Lucia Ferreira, 33, who was in a rally in central France.
There are probably fewer people on the street, but people will continue to demonstrate if there is no development at the end of the big debate”.
In order to give impetus to their movement, protesters tried to adopt new forms, focusing on fried potato carriages and a pizza truck in a festive atmosphere in which 1,000 protesters took part in a spring ritual on the grass of the famous tourist landmark Champor, in defiance of President Emmanuel Macron, who celebrated his 40th birthday at the palace 2017.
Other demonstrations were held in Toulouse, where 100 people gathered.
There were sporadic skirmishes, especially in Rennes (north-west), Lyon (east-east) and Clare-Mon-Veronne, where about 2,500 people demonstrated in a city where security was tightened for fear of violence.
The images of the destruction and looting of the world’s Galt have affected the image of France, one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.
Although the 11 victims since the beginning of the protest have mostly died in incidents on the sidelines of the disruption of traffic, about two thousand people were injured in gatherings.
Protesters point the finger at “police violence” and more than 200 reports of security forces overstepping their authority have been handed over to a police security monitoring platform.
Almost every Saturday, violence and the inability of the movement to unite on one issue and one leadership have led to a decline in mobilization and a drop in the popularity of yellow vests in public opinion.
The French strongly supported the protest movement, but in a February 17 poll, 52 percent said they believed the movement should stop.