A French yellow vest protester’s hand was ripped apart Saturday during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th week runnning of unrest.
Police said the injured protester lost 4 fingers as police swooped in to stop protesters from breaching the parliament’s exterior.
Police could not confirm French media reports that the hand of the demonstrator, who is now being treated in the hospital, was blown up by a grenade used to disperse unruly crowds.
As scuffles broke out in front of the National Assembly and French police responded with tear gas, paramedics huddled around the injured protester at the National Assembly gates.
Police used batons and fired tear gas in Paris to disperse demonstrators, some of whom threw debris at riot police. Cars, motorbikes and trash bins were set ablaze as the protest moved toward the city’s Invalides monument and onto the Eiffel Tower.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has gone on Twitter to express his “disgust” as French yellow vest protesters set alight an anti-terror military car at a protest in Paris.
Such vehicles have been a common sight in Paris since the deadly attacks by extremists in Y 2015.
Paris demonstrators, who ended the 13th weekend running of protest at the Eiffel Tower, set the vehicle ablaze in front of the famed monument.
Minister Castaner said: “Every day the military … protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism. These attacks are intolerable.”
Police said 31 demonstrators were arrested Saturday as scuffles broke out between protesters and police. The protest this weekend is smaller than last week’s.
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