Look into their eyes: Yellow Vests march through Paris blaming police for bloody violence (LIVE)

Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

RT.com
2 Feb, 2019

Yellow Vest protesters have returned to the streets of Paris to honor those injured in months of demonstrations and to condemn the police for using rubber-ball projectiles.

An estimated 13,800 people gathered between Daumesnil and Republic avenues, according to a count by Occurrence cited by Liberation. Live coverage of the protests show clashes, with police firing tear gas into the crowds of demonstrators on the smoke-choked streets in Paris.

Lines of riot police are facing off against protesters.

Some of those marching through the French capital bear the scars of their injuries, with prominent protester Jerome Rodrigues covering his wounded eye with a patch.

Rodrigues became a symbol of the violence of the protests after he was injured during clashes with police. But he’s not the only one to become a victim of the 12-week rally. Officials estimate at least 1,900 protesters have been injured since protests began on November 17.

Protesters have been maimed and suffered head injuries from police use of Defense Ball Launchers (LBD’s), rubber-ball projectiles. The Council of State ruled Friday that security forces have the right to use the projectiles after the French Human Rights League and trade unions requested they be banned.

A number of journalists have been injured covering the demonstrations and at least 17 people have reportedly lost eyes, according to Disarm collective, which has counted over 100 people seriously injured.

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