Paris police banned the rallies against the pension reform on Place de la Concorde, the city’s largest, and on the Champs-Élysées after incidents during two evening demonstrations, AFP reported. These places are located near the building of the parliament and to the presidential Elysée Palace. “Due to serious risks for violations of public order and security, they are prohibited any public gatherings on Place de la Concorde and its surroundings, as well as in the Champs-Élysées area, the police prefecture told AFP.
New protests in France against Macron’s pension reform
The persons who make an attempt to gather there will be systematically removed by law enforcement and may be charged, law enforcement officials warned.
The opposition to the pension reform of the French president Emmanuel Macronanticipating raising the pension age from 62 to 64 years, has taken a more radical turn with the efforts of young activists since the government decided on Thursday to forcefully push through this text. On the same day and on March 17, 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, they were 61 people were detained. The day before, there were 258 detainees, and 10,000 protest participants, adds AFP. Meanwhile, opponents of pension reform organized another protest in Paris and elsewhere in the country, the world agencies reported.
In Paris approx 4000 people gathered in Place Italia after authorities banned protests in Place Concorde, which is next to the bridge leading to the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, as well as protests in the French Presidency area.
There were also protests in Toulon, Montpellier, Nantes, Marseille, Compiegne, Brest and others. In Paris it was again reached clashes between law enforcement and protesters, after the demonstrators began to burning garbage containers.
Protesters chanted and “Macron, resign!” and “Macron we will defeat you, we will win”. Earlier in the day, students and activists from the Permanent Revolution protest movement stormed the Forum des Halles shopping center in Paris and began chanting for a general strike.
A new general mobilization against the pension reform will there is on March 23. Garbage piles continue to pile up on the streets of Paris after sanitation workers joined the protests. There are already about 10,000 pieces of uncollected waste.
Strike actions continue in the French refineries. The largest refinery in the country, located in Normandy and operated by “Total Energy”, has begun to completely stop working.
Two other refineries may also start a process under suspension of work on Monday. The transport sector in the country is also affected by the strike action.
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