Support for yellow vest protests in France continues in rural towns

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, cry as they face off with police during a demonstration in central Brussels, Belgium on November 30, 2018. (Reuters)

Many protesters have expressed disappointment at the French government’s measures to defuse tensions and are planning more protests across the country on Saturday.

A man wearing a yellow vest with the inscription
A man wearing a yellow vest with the inscription “Macron resignation” stands in front of burning tyres at a road blockade as they protest against the rise in the price of oil and the cost of living, on December 11, 2018, in Aimargues, near Montpellier, southern France. (AFP)

The yellow vest movement in France is garnering support mainly from rural towns like Amiens.

Pablo Toledo, who is seen as a figure-head by protesters in Amiens, uses social media to mobilise people from across the country.

The protests began on November 17 against rising costs of living and a government decision to hike fuel taxes.

The anti-government demonstrations have ballooned into a mass movement, and have spiralled into consecutive weekends of violence and vandalism in Paris and other cities.

Many have accused President Macron of being out of touch with people that live in rural areas.

“I don’t agree with violence, but we have been taking violence from the government, again and again and again,” Toledo said.

At least six people have died during the nationwide road blockades and protests, all of which appear to have been accidents.

In an effort to defuse tensions, French President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he’s partially responsible for the anger and has announced a series of measures aimed at improving the spending power of ordinary French workers.

But many protesters have expressed disappointment at the measures and are planning more protests across France on Saturday.

TRT World‘s Assed Baig reports

Source: TRT World