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200 arrested as 'yellow jacket' protests continue in France

ANI  |  Paris [France] 

At least 200 people were on Saturday arrested, with the police resorting to firing hundreds of shells to disperse crowds during the ongoing fourth week of protests across against

Thousands of protestors, most of who were dressed in 'gilets jaunes,' the yellow fluorescent vests that have symbolised the movement, gathered at the Champs-Elysees at around 11 am (local time) and chanted "Down with Macron" and "Calm down police," quoted as saying.

A number of France's monuments, including the iconic in Paris, remained closed today as authorities anticipated a repeat of last week's violence, deploying over 8,000 policemen in the French capital to maintain order.

Police held 481 people for questioning and arrested 211 arrests as of 11 am (local time), confirmed.

"We have to change the Republic. People here are starving. Some people earn just 500 Euros a month you can't afford to live. People don't want to stop because we want the to go," Ilda, a yellow jacket protestor told

Another protestor, said that he had to participate in the demonstrations due to "the and the taxes and all these problems. We have to survive."

The protests on Saturday were the fourth in a series that last week culminated into the worst rioting in for decades. The expects more protests in the country in the following days, owing to which, around 89,000 security personnel have been deployed across France, Philippe confirmed.

The protests have caused a loss of over USD 1.1 billion in revenue for the since the beginning of the protests, Sophie Amoros, a for France's confirmed. On Wednesday, Philippe announced that the government decided to scrap the hike in fuel taxes amid fears of an outbreak of fresh protests.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 22:00 IST