Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

€114,000 raised for boxer who punched police at gilets jaunes protest

€114,000 raised for boxer who punched police at gilets jaunes protest

As of Tuesday morning, over 7,000 people had pledged a total of 117,000 euros ($134,000) on the Leetchi, a French website used to raise funds for individuals and causes, to help pay legal costs for Dettinger, who remains in custody.

The Yellow Vest protests, which started as a reaction to fuel tax hikes and evolved into a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron, have continued despite the government's call for them to halt.

Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa told France Info radio on Tuesday.

The police at times appeared defenceless, with former heavyweight fighter Christophe Dettinger, 37, filmed landing blows on officers guarding a bridge leading to the National Assembly.

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People surveyed by Ifop gave Macron the most credit for defending France's interest overseas, but only 19 percent said they believed he understood voters' concerns. Macron made multiple concessions that failed to extinguish the anger of the yellow vest movement, which is named after the fluorescent protective garments the protesters wear.

He said the 5-Stars and France's yellow vest movement "can fight together" for that goal, but denounced the type of protest violence seen in Paris. The new law would ban troublemakers-who Philippe called "casseurs", or thugs-from protests and crack down on people at demonstrations who hide their faces with masks.

Disturbing footage emerged showing police beating protesters in the southern city of Toulon, with multiple media reporting that the incident is now under investigation for brutality.

Almost 300,000 people took to the streets in "act one" on 17 November to protest against government plans to raise the price of fuel.

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The French media has been targeted, while mock executions of Macron have also been a feature of some gatherings, notably in the town of Angouleme in southwest France.

French grassroots political movement the Gilets Jaunes - Yellow Vests - is planning a bank run similar to Bitcoin's (BTC) Proof of Keys, sources revealed on social media January 7.

Di Maio said that in Italy they had "inverted this trend" and called on French protesters to do likewise.

Protests against a new fuel tax erupted on November 17 when people across France took to the streets to voice their opposition by organizing traffic blockades.

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Di Maio applauded the yellow vest's interest in direct democracy, offering to provide the yellow vests with some of the online tools the Movement employs to organize grassroots events on a local level and to choose its representatives - despite the yellow vests' lack of formal spokespeople.

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