During the action of “yellow vests” in Paris detained almost 200 people, the police conducted more than 17 thousand preventive inspections.
Participants of protests of “yellow vests” on Saturday, April 20, once again took to the streets of French cities. The action was held for the 23rd week in a row.
This time the demonstrators came up with a new way to attract the attention of the authorities. As a reference to the large-scale fire in Notre Dame, they began to build makeshift bonfires, setting fire to the crushed structures, debris, other materials, and even vehicles.
“Millions for Notre Dame, but what about the poor?”— explained their actions gathered, referring to the listed just two days a billion euros for the restoration of the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
“Look at me — I need help too,” was, in particular, written on the posters that the protesters brought with them.
In the area of Bastille and Republic squares, the police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters, but in general, the situation remained under control.
More than 60 thousand police officers and employees of the National gendarmerie of France were involved in the protection of law and order throughout the country. Access to a number of places — in particular, to the perimeter of Notre Dame — was blocked. In addition, the police introduced a careful search of the Champs Elysees, where on March 16 during the 18th in a row of shares were destroyed shops and boutiques.