Arrested in Paris After Rioters Hijacked a Peaceful May Day Rally

Paris May Day

Paris May Day

Recall that French special forces used water cannons and tear gas against hundreds of protesters after they began to break the Windows and throw Molotov cocktails during the annual may day demonstration in Paris.

Anti-capitalist protesters torched a McDonald's restaurant and clashed with police in Paris on the fringes of a May Day rally in Paris.

French trade unions and left-wing groups are now protesting President Emmanuel Macron's proposals to loosen labour protections.

According to the authorities, the riots involved about 1.2 thousand activists of the ultra left movement Black blocks, hiding their faces with masks. Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said more than 200 demonstrators had been arrested and four people were lightly injured in the clashes, including a police officer.

Police said about 109 people were being held in custody after attacks on police and property along the route of the Paris rally.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux criticized the protesters for covering their faces.

'When you have honest convictions, you demonstrate with your face unmasked, ' he said.




"I can only condemn again what has happened, with the greatest firmness", he said.

Earlier, law enforcement tweeted there were around 1,200 "hooded and masked" individuals among the May Day demonstrators at the Pont d'Austerlitz bridge in central Paris.

Collomb defended the way police had handled the violence, saying little could be done to stop trouble-makers infiltrating crowds.

Protesters wear black clothing cover their faces with scarves, hoods, balaclavas and motorcycle helmets to hide their identities and lessen the effects of teargas.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01: A vehicle is burning as thousands of people take to the streets during the May Day demonstrations on May 1, 2018 in Paris, France.

Trade unions had set out to try rally workers on May Day against Macron s reforms of state rail operator SNCF and public universities, which they see as part of a rollback of France s cherished public service.

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