Over 100 People Detained In Paris Amid 9th Yellow Vest Rally - Reports

Over 100 People Detained in Paris Amid 9th Yellow Vest Rally - Reports

More than 100 people have been detained in Paris at the yellow vest anti-government protests, which have entered their ninth consecutive week, local media reported Saturday

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th January, 2019) More than 100 people have been detained in Paris at the yellow vest anti-government protests, which have entered their ninth consecutive week, local media reported Saturday.

According to the BFMTV broadcaster, the French police have detained 102 people in Paris for "participating in a group for the purpose to commit violence," carrying prohibited weapons and violence toward law enforcement officers.

Earlier in the day, the broadcaster reported that about 100 people were detained across France, 59 of them in Paris.

On Monday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the French authorities have decided to increase the number of law enforcement officers who will keep order on January 12, and would mobilize 80,000 law enforcement officers across the country.

The wave of the so-called yellow vest protests � named after the obligatory attribute of French drivers � started in mid-November. While the French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes, which is what initially sparked the protests, the yellow vests have evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs. The rallies have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police.

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