Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris ‘yellow vest’ march

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris ‘yellow vest’ march

Thousands of French "yellow vest" demonstrators marched on Saturday for their 13th weekend of action, with scuffles in Paris and a demonstrator's hand mangled by a small explosive.

Paris demonstrators, who ended the 13th consecutive weekend of protest at the Eiffel Tower, set the vehicle ablaze in front of the famed monument.

There was also an overnight arson attack on the Brittany residence of the National Assembly head - though no immediate link was made to the actions against President Emmanuel Macron.

A yellow vest protester was severely injured on Saturday in the streets of Paris, as police shot teargas at protesters who were trying to knock down a barrier at the French parliament.

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Volunteer medics at the National Assembly said that a man had had his hand ripped off during the clashes between police and protesters.

More than 5,000 of Saturday's protesters were in Paris, where there were 38 arrests following widespread rioting that saw several critical governmental and private infrastructure targeted.

One participant's hand was severely injured when he tried to pick up a so-called "sting-ball grenade" used by police to disperse crowds with teargas, a police source told Reuters. It wasn't pretty: "he was screaming with pain, he had no fingers - he didn't have much above the wrist", he said. This was the 11th time he had marched with the movement, he said.

He said more than 60 MPs have received threats or had homes or offices vandalised since the start of the revolt in November, an unprecedented number in post-war France.

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But France's Interior Ministry said this week's protest was significantly smaller than last week's.

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Yellow vest protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police as they keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, during a demonstration in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

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