Paris police use tear gas on Yellow Vest protesters as climate march turns violent

The climate march turned violent after protesters set a barricade on fire.

September 21, 2019, 12:39 PM

Paris police used tear gas against Yellow Vest protesters for the second time Saturday to prevent further riots during what was a peaceful climate march.

The march, which was protesting government and corporation greenhouse gas emissions, quickly turned violent when dozens of people dressed in black "mixed into the crowd," set a barricade on fire and broke a bank window, according to The Associated Press.

Paris police say they have arrested at least 163 people Saturday. French officials deployed more than 7,000 officers.

The yellow vests movement began in November 2018 to protest a proposed gas tax from French President Emmanuel Macron. It later turned into a wider protest on French income inequality.

PHOTO: People attend a protest urging authorities to take emergency measures against climate change, in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.
People attend a protest urging authorities to take emergency measures against climate change, in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.
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PHOTO: People attend a protest urging authorities to take emergency measures against climate change, in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.
People attend a protest urging authorities to take emergency measures against climate change, in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.
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PHOTO: A man holds up a yellow vest in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue during an anti-government demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement, on September 21, 2019 in Paris.
A man holds up a yellow vest in front of the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue during an anti-government demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement, on September 21, 2019 in Paris.
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PHOTO: People run among tear gas on the Champs Elysees avenue during an anti-government demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement, on September 21, 2019 in Paris.
People run among tear gas on the Champs Elysees avenue during an anti-government demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement, on September 21, 2019 in Paris.
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PHOTO: Protesters run away from tear gas during a demonstration on Act 45 (the 45th consecutive national protest on Saturday) of the yellow vests movement in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.
Protesters run away from tear gas during a demonstration on Act 45 (the 45th consecutive national protest on Saturday) of the yellow vests movement in Paris, France, September 21, 2019.
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PHOTO: A woman gestures as she speaks with riot police officers during a yellow vests demonstration, in Paris, Saturday, Sept 21. 2019.
A woman gestures as she speaks with riot police officers during a yellow vests demonstration, in Paris, Saturday, Sept 21. 2019.
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PHOTO: A demonstrator clashes with riot policemen during the Climate Change protest, on Sept. 21, 2019 in Paris.
A demonstrator clashes with riot policemen during the Climate Change protest, on Sept. 21, 2019 in Paris.
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