Saturday's protest in the French capital was one of the most violent and gruesome since the movement began back in November 2018.
A burning command auto belonging to France's anti-terror "Vigipirate" squad, dubbed "Operation Sentinelle", is pictured during a demonstration as yellow vests protesters keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019. Police confirmed that a protester had a hand injury, but provided no further details other than to say treatment was being provided.
A yellow vest protester was severely injured on Saturday in the streets of Paris, as police shot teargas at protesters who were trying to knock down a barrier at the French parliament. Police could not confirm French media reports that the demonstrator's hand was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds. Cars, motorbikes, and trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city's Invalides monument and onto the Eiffel Tower. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner expressed his "indignation and disgust" in a tweet. The police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris. "These attacks are intolerable", Castaner said.More news: Anthem's Post-Launch Roadmap Detailed, Starts in March
He added: "Every day the police protect our citizens from terrorism". In Paris, 36 demonstrators were arrested.
The Yellow Vest movement is becoming increasingly divided and fractured, with supporters disagreeing on both the means to and the political end game.
Interior ministry figures issued at 2pm put the turnout across France at 12,100, of whom 4,000 marched in Paris, down on the previous week's figures.More news: Google May Build Its Own Smartwatch After All, Tips Job Listing
There was also an overnight arson attack on the Brittany residence of the National Assembly head - though no immediate link was made to the actions against President Emmanuel Macron.
The activists waved Latvia's red-and-white flag, shouting slogans like "the French have woken up, while Latvians remain asleep".More news: Danai Gurira Leaving The Walking Dead
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