Hundreds of protesters inspired by France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ movement are rallying in Britain, drawing attention to government austerity programs that have hit the poor hard.
Wearing yellow vests with slogans such as “Britain is Broken” written on the back, the demonstrators marched in London to demand that politicians pay attention to their plight rather than being endlessly diverted by the spectacle surrounding Britain’s departure from the EU.
They also want to show solidarity with French protesters who have staged weeks of nationwide anti-austerity protests.
Some French protesters also joined the London march Saturday.
One Frenchman who traveled from the Normandy in France to the London rally, says “all European countries must join up in this battle against austerity.”
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Repeated scuffles broke out between French anti-government protesters and police near the Arc de Triomphe where protesters were arrested.
Security forces used tear gas and a water cannon to push back some protesters who were throwing rocks and other objects at them.
Paris police say at least 53 people were arrested before and during the protest in the French capital.
Police armored vehicles have been set up near the monument to help prevent protesters from getting to the nearby Champs-Elysees. A car ban was established on the famous Boulevard.
Saturday’s actions came on a 9th weekend of Yellow Vest demonstrations to denounce President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies that protesters consider favor the rich.