France: "Yellow Vest" protesters march through Paris against Macron policies

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Published on 28 Feb 2021, 15:44
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Over a hundred 'Yellow Vest' protesters took to the streets of Paris to express their disapproval of President Emmanuel Macron's government on Saturday.

According to the latest financial data, France's economy shrank by 8.3 percent in 2020 mostly due to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and lockdown measures.

"We are only asking for solutions, but they (the government) do not give us solutions, they put us in front of accomplished facts. They close hospitals. There are closed beds in hospitals and then they say that there are no more places (to treat people). They are going to tell us to stay at home. We can no longer accept it," said Nejeh, a protester and organiser.

The 'Yellow Vests' movement began as a grassroots citizen protest in November 2018 and quickly spread across the country with participants demanding what they see as economic and social justice.

While the number of activists taking to the streets has shrunk significantly since the start of the movement, their rallies are still being held on a regular basis.

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SOT, Valerie, Yellow Vest protester (French): ""I believe we have 800 political prisoners, 800 'Yellow Vest' activists in prison. I think there have been three dozen accidents in which protesters lost their hands or their eyes. So for all those people, we keep fighting, for the freedom of the press, to see official media tell the truth. We thank the alternative media who follow us and we would like France to remain a free country."

SOT, Nejeh, Yellow vest protester and organiser (French): "We are only asking for solutions, but they (the government) do not give us solutions, they put us in front of accomplished facts. They close hospitals. There are closed beds in hospitals and then they say that there are no more places (to treat people). They are going to tell us to stay at home. We can no longer accept it. They must listen to us up there, from us who are down here. We can no longer accept that a pensioner does bin rounds (skipping for food) on the 15th (day) of the month. We cannot accept that workers live in their cars. It is not fair."

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