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Hundreds of Female "Yellow Vests" Protesters Demonstrate in Paris


7Dnews London

Sun, 06 Jan 2019 20:44 GMT

Hundreds of women gathered at the Bastille Square in Paris on Sunday morning to present an "unprecedented" picture of the movement, following protests marked by new violence.

The women, who gathered at the entrance to the Bastille Opera, sang the French national anthem, carrying yellow balloons. After that, they surrounded the scene, which blocked the traffic before heading to the Republic Square.

"We want to have another channel for non-violent communication by organising the first women's demonstration, because all that is published in the media about the movement is violence and forget the core of the problem," said Karen, a 42-year-old nurse from Marseille.

"This is not a desperate event, but it aims to give an unprecedented picture of the movement," said the woman, one of the founders of the women's yellow vests group on Facebook.

Close to 50,000 people marched around France on the eighth mobilisation of the “yellow vests” since November, sometimes marred by violence.

The “yellow vests” movement was launched on November 17 and included Frenchmen from the poor and middle classes who denounced the government's financial and social policies, which they considered unfair, and called for improved purchasing power in the country.