Yellow vest protesters urge French citizens to empty bank accounts

Doug Mendoza
January 10, 2019

French officials on Tuesday condemned a fundraising drive that brought in more than 100,000 euros for a former boxer filmed punching police officers during the latest "yellow vest" anti-government protests in Paris over the weekend.

In another video, Dettinger, wearing a black hat, gloves and coat but no mask, can be seen kicking a policeman on the ground.

How did the boxer explain his actions?

However, supporters of the Yellow Vest movement have branded Dettinger a hero who was simply "beating" officers at their own game.

Police officers used tear gas to keep the crowd at a distance from the French leader.

The SCSI-CFDT police union, for its part, said the funds should be seized to compensate the two officers targeted by Dettinger, who were removed from duty while recovering from their injuries.

Speaking in a video uploaded to Facebook, an activist known only as Tahz San said the gesture aimed to "scare this (French) state completely legally and without any violence, yet more effectively than ever expected" throughout the history of the Gilet Jaunes movement.

Officials were outraged the page had been set up, saying it was tantamount to legitimising anti-police violence.

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He said the government would support a new law to punish the organisers of unauthorised protests, banning known troublemakers from taking part and arresting demonstrators who turn up wearing masks to hide their identities. He abandoned the tax hike and announced last month a series of measures to boost purchasing power. The rallies have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police.

At least six people have died and at least 1,400 have been injured in the unrest.

Nicolas Tenzer, a political commentator, essayist and former top civil servant, said on French TV that the country faced an "insurrectionist movement driven by the extreme right and left", which has adopted violence as a natural element of its combat.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe makes "public order" announcements in the face of recent protest violence across France, on January 7, 2019. Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who heads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), wrote on his party's blog.

"I support honest citizens protesting against a president who governs against his people", Salvini said, while "firmly" condemning recent protest violence.

The onus would be on "the troublemakers, and not taxpayers, to pay for the damage caused" to businesses and property during the protests, the premier added.

"Those who question our institutions will not have the last word", Mr Philippe said, announcing plans to deploy 80,000 security force members nationwide for the next round of demonstrations.

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