Protests for better wages in France have drawn a harsh response from law enforcement
Massive protests against high prices were met with a heavily armed police crackdown in Paris on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of striking trade unionists and their supporters took to the city streets to denounce President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies and demand better wages in the face of massive inflation.
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Video posted to social media shows a crowd of heavily armored riot police charging into a group of protesters taking shelter behind a makeshift barricade. As the demonstrators disperse almost immediately, the cops take a few of them away, while the demonstrators hurl projectiles at them.
Throwing tear gas and beating protesters with batons by French police on the second day of the protest rally in Paris.
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Another clip shows police beating protesters with their batons and pepper spraying them while others exchange blows with protesters.
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Protests against the Macron government and its policies have continued since last month, when workers at TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil demanded a pay rise of more than 10% to offset high inflation. The resulting strike put a third of France’s service stations out of service, causing long queues to fill up at the remaining locations. Tuesday’s protests included an official action by the General Confederation of Labour, with public transport workers, as well as car factory and power plant workers, taking to the streets alongside refinery and gas station workers. and their supporters.
With inflation at 6%, the cost of food and other necessities has become a heavy burden on the average worker. Energy costs have skyrocketed due to Russian gas sanctions.