P Ariz. police today banned rallies against the pension reform on Place de la Concorde, the city’s largest, and on the Champs Elysées after incidents during two evening demonstrations, AFP reported, quoted by BTA.
Water cannons and tear gas at protests against pension reform in France
These places are located near the parliament building and the presidential Elysée Palace.
“Due to serious risks for violations of public order and security (. . .), all public gatherings are prohibited on Concorde Square and its surroundings, as well as in the Champs-Elysées area,” the police prefecture told AFP.
Individuals attempting to gather there will be systematically removed
by law enforcement and may be charged, law enforcement officials warned.
Opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform, which would raise the pension age from 62 to 64,
has taken a more radical turn with the efforts of young activists since the government decided on Thursday to forcefully push through that text. The same day and yesterday, thousands of people gathered in Concord Square. Last night the demonstrators lit a fire.
As night fell, tensions rose and the police moved against the crowd.
Hundreds of people greeted the police, throwing bottles and fireworks; they responded with tear gas in an attempt to clear the square.
According to the police, 61 people were detained.
The day before, there were 258 detainees, and 10,000 protest participants, adds AFP.
Source: Andrey Sharkov, BTA
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