“Yellow vest” protesters in Paris call for people power


 French “yellow vest” protesters gathered in Paris on Saturday (December 15) called for a complete constitutional overhaul and direct democracy on the fifth Saturday in a row of demonstrations across the country.

Apart from rare bursts of tear gas on the sidelines, the protest in the capital was calm with notably political slogans, many anti-capitalist and calling for a people’s initiative referendum on a model used in Switzerland.

Several hundred protesters gathered in front of the city’s gold-topped 19th century opera house calling for the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The “yellow vest” movement started in mid-November with protests at junctions and roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider mobilisation against Macron’s economic policies.

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