With French police suicides on the rise, Paris authorities are investigating Yellow Vest protesters who inspired police to kill themselves.
Radical protesters have clashed with police practically each weekend for 5 months on the margins of largely peaceable Yellow Vest demonstrations demanding extra assist for France’s beleaguered employees, retirees and college students.
On Saturday, Related Press reporters heard some protesters in Paris shouting “Kill yourselves!” at police firing tear gasoline and rubber projectiles and charging the group to include the violence on the 23rd weekend of Yellow Vest demonstrations.
Police unions denounced the protesters’ name as an unacceptable insult to the officers who’ve killed themselves and their struggling households. Inside Minister Christophe Castaner referred to as it a “shame” and pledged his assist for police and their family members, who’ve been underneath additional pressure because the Yellow Vest protests have typically turned fairly violent.
The Paris prosecutor’s workplace mentioned an investigation was opened Sunday to seek out those that is likely to be prosecuted for “group offence towards an individual exercising public authority.”
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Police unions held silent protests Friday after two officers killed themselves final week. Unions say police ranks have seen 28 suicides up to now this 12 months, in comparison with 68 over all of 2018.
On one other protest subject, the media rights group Reporters With out Borders and France’s Nationwide Journalists Union protested Sunday on behalf of journalists who had been detained and roughed up by police throughout Saturday’s clashes.
The Yellow Vest motion, named after the high-visibility vests all French drivers should carry of their automobiles, began in November towards a hike in gas taxes. It unfold to turn into a broad motion towards excessive taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business insurance policies, and protesters see themselves as standing up for the poor whereas Macron is seen as representing the wealthy. The motion has been marred by protest violence and the extremist views of some Yellow Vest demonstrators.