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288 arrested in Paris protests against rising fuel prices

IANS  |  Paris 

At least 288 people were arrested and some 100 others injured as protests erupted in against rising fuel prices, according to a

The told that clashes erupted on Saturday after protesters with the "gilets jaune" or "yellow vest" movement took to the streets to demonstrate against rising and taxes on polluting forms of transport.

Saturday's protests marked the third consecutive week of such demonstrations, although with an estimated 36,500 participants across the country they were smaller than those in weeks past, according to the

Last week about 53,000 participated and there were about 113,000 the week before.

said on Saturday that 1,500 "troublemakers" had infiltrated a group of about 200 peaceful protesters and had "come to fight" near the Champs Elysees.

Footage shared by showed a few demonstrators striking a police vehicle and smashing its windshield.

Other videos captured burning cars and police firing tear gas to disperse protesters.

Rising fuel prices were largely attributed to a leap in the wholesale price of oil, reported.

Brent -- a benchmark for worldwide purchases -- increased by more than 20 per cent in the first half of the year, from around $60 a barrel to $86.07 in early October.

But the protests have evolved into a broader demonstration against French Emmanuel Macron, his government and tensions between the metropolitan elite and rural poor.

The violent protests and vandalism in have "absolutely nothing to do with the peaceful demonstrations of a legitimate unhappiness or discontent", Macron told the media on Saturday in Buenos Aires, where he's attending the summit.

Those responsible will be identified and taken to court, he added.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 08:12 IST
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