While the American media downplay or completely bury the news and truth about the Gilet Jaunes, insinuating that the protests are diminishing, the situation remains tense and volatile, especially in Paris.
The images are self-explanatory and pretty eloquent: a policeman is thrown from his motorbike, and visibly shaken tries to remount, as his companions try to hold the line and even point guns at the “manifestants”, who are throwing all sorts of objects. Clearly neither side is going for blood, the police are probably under orders not to over-react, although much violence has been chronicled already. The Gilets, for their part do not want to alienate the police, plus they see them for what they are: fellow members of the working class. As the two sides, irreconcilable by definition, test their strengths, there’s an uneasy feeling that things could quickly get out of hand.
“La situation était tendue à Paris. En fin d’après-midi, samedi 22 décembre, des manifestants s’en sont violemment pris à des policiers sur les Champs-Elysées, en marge du mouvement des “gilets jaunes”. Sur les images des journalistes présents sur place, on voit notamment un policier jeté à terre, avec sa moto. D’autres policiers sont ensuite visés par des projectiles. L’un d’entre eux pointe alors son arme en direction des manifestants pour les faire reculer.
Les forces de l’ordre sont finalement contraints de reculer face à la violence des manifestants. On voit alors un manifestant jeter une trottinette sur l’un des policiers et des dizaines d’autres courir dans leur direction. Aucune interpellation n’a été réalisée lors de cet incident, indique la préfecture de police de Paris.
Le policier pris à partie était un motard de la police Compagnie de Securisation et d’intervention (CSI), qui a réussi à se dégager, précise la préfecture de police de Paris. La moto a été endommagée mais pas abandonnée, selon cette même source…”
Below, a summation of the events (Dateline 22 December 2018)
Report filed by FranceInfo
” The situation was tense in Paris. At the end of the afternoon, on Saturday, 22 December, protesters violently caught police officers on the champs-Elysées, on the margins of the “Yellow vests” Movement, on the images of journalists present on the spot, See, in particular, a policeman thrown down, with his motorcycle Other police officers are then targeted by projectiles. One of them then points his weapon towards the protesters to move them back.”-Franceinfo, updated on 22/12/2018 to 20:08
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