Retribution for the riots. The French government decided to toughen the punishment for rioting — the whole story briefly
French courts handed down the sentences to protesters “yellow jackets” that continue across the country from November 2018. This was announced by the Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe. During the riots, according to him, the police arrested the 5.6 thousand people.
Philip also announced the development of the draft law toughening the penalties for participation in unauthorised rallies, wearing the stock of masks, holding riots and clashes with law enforcement officers. According to him, the document will be ready by early February.
“We need to preserve the freedom of demonstrations in France, but we need to punish those who are entitled to demonstrations violated. Those who come to protest in balaclavas and masks, today, should pay a fine, and tomorrow it will be considered as a crime,” said Philip.
It is currently unknown exactly which administrative violations are recognized as criminal offences.
However, according to Philip, the government will propose to establish a database that police will make these rioters, after which they were forbidden to participate in authorized protest actions.
On 7 January the Minister of France Christophe Castaner announced new strategies to counter the unauthorized protests. He also said that the police will be equipped with new equipment to disperse the protesters.
January 5, in France hosted a new wave of protests, “yellow jackets.” It consisted of two events, one of which between participants and law enforcement officers clashed. It is noted that the protesters threw stones at police and bottles, and those in reply applied tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters also staged riots, burned cars, broke into the yard of the building of the Ministry for relations with Parliament and set fire to there office machine.
During the riots of January 5, was arrested 345 people. Among them was a professional boxer Christoph Detten, who voluntarily surrendered to the police after he was declared wanted. He is accused of beating police officers on the bridge of the Leopold-SEDAR-Senghor in Paris. According to Bettina, he attacked the police due to the fact that they used tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Just this day, the riots across France was attended by about 50 thousand people. Events were held in Paris, Toulouse, Lille, Rennes, Rouen, Nantes, Caen and other towns.
Mass protests in France began November 17, due to the increase in fuel prices.
Since the beginning of 2018 fuel in France has risen by 15% -23% compared with the previous year. This was due to the decision of the French authorities to raise taxes 7.6 cents per litre for diesel and 3.9 cents for a liter of gasoline. It was planned that from January 2019 the tax on fuel will rise by another 2.9 and, respectively, 6.5 cents. The French authorities consider that this measure should encourage local residents to abandon the use of private cars, which in turn will have a positive impact on the environment.
In mass rallies involving hundreds of thousands of people across the country. They wear a distinctive yellow reflective vests, which, under French law, should have every motorist, so the media began to call “yellow jackets”.
During their shares, the protesters blocked the movement of cars in the cities, blocked gas stations and fuel storage facilities. In addition, they smashed shops, burned cars and tyres.
On 6 December, the French government decided on a moratorium on raising taxes on fuel. The moratorium will last for six months. However, the protests were not over — now the protesters are demanding the resignation of the President of France Emmanuel Makron and the government of the country.
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