Yellow vest protests on the streets of France for the sixteenth week
France's Yellow Vests take to the streets for the sixteenth consecutive week of demonstrations against the government of Emmanuel Macron.
Iran Press/Europe: Yellow Vests are to take to the streets of France for the sixteenth consecutive week of demonstrations on Saturday, while several prominent activists have called for the protests to ramp up again.
For Act 16 of the protests, the Paris local government has authorized a route from the Arc de Triomphe to Place Denfert-Rochereau in the south of the city.
However, the Facebook group 'Yellow Vests Act 16 Insurrection' is calling on demonstrators to go back to the movement’s roots' with the spontaneous approach that scared the government with undeclared protests at unauthorized sites in November and December.
Demonstrations are also planned in cities throughout France, including Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Nantes and Toulouse. In the northeastern city of Lille, protest organizers have called on Yellow Vests throughout the region – as well as in neighboring countries such as Belgium and Germany to converge on the city.
"The fight is international", says a statement on the Facebook event page for the Lille demonstrations.
The French Yellow Vests, who for three months have protested against the tax and social policies of President Emmanuel Macron
In Lyon, protest conveners are planning a 'black march', in which demonstrators will turn up dressed in black as a symbol of mourning.
Act 16 comes after Éric Drouet, Priscilla Ludosky and Maxime Nicolle, Yellow Vest activists who captured public attention with viral social media posts in November, have called for the mass mobilization of protesters on the following Saturdays, March 9 and – especially – March 16, the date when Macron’s ‘grand debate’ finishes.
The new demonstration comes as the latest opinion poll shows 85 percent of French people said that Emmanuel Macron should divert his attention toward French people's concerns and also 80 percent of French people think French President should change the way he communicates with people.
A majority of French people think Emanuel Macron hasn't significantly adapted his approach to the concerns of the Yellow Jacket protests, with a large number calling for him to change his tack on social and economic policies.
In a reaction to the Yellow Vests' decision to take to the streets again, for his part, Macron repeated his requests for a 'return to calm' on Friday, lamenting the demonstrations’ 'intolerable' violence.105/207/211