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Women in the “Yellow Vest” Hold New Anti-Government Protests in France

PARIS – The “yellow women” organized new anti-government marches in several cities in France, showing the female faces of the social movement that shook the government of President Emanuel Macro, Press Tv reported Monday.
Several hundred women wearing yellow jackets symbolically took to the streets Sunday afternoon in Paris, Toulouse, Rennes and Lyon, waving yellow balloons and chanting slogans against Macron.
“Macron, you are doomed, women are in the street,” the protesters chanted, calling the president struggling with the conflict.
The movement of the “yellow vest” began in November, while the public was indignant at the expected rise in fuel prices. Macron then gave in and suspended the increase, but the protests did not stop and turned into a larger campaign against the high cost of living attributed to Macron’s economic policy.
On the Place de la Bastille in Paris, protesters carried placards and banners stating, I am your sister, I am your colleague and I am your mother.
Today, I can not make ends meet when I work and with my husband. It’s not normal. I am here for my family and the future generation, if we do not start by opening our mouths, said a protester.
A day earlier, group of demonstrators stormed a government ministry in Paris amid fierce clashes with the police.
The new protests come as the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, called for the end of the demonstrations, saying that “those who believe in democracy” should now say “enough is enough”.
Chloé Tessier, a protester in Rennes, said; “The government speaks of us as troublemakers, but today we walk as mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters of all citizens, and we want to say that our anger is legitimate.”
She added, it is during social crises like this that women’s rights are most at risk. The women’s protests were generally peaceful, but clashes erupted between police and protesters in Paris in the evening.
The “Yellow Vest” campaign, now in its eighth week, would be the biggest political crisis of Macron’s presidency in the twenty months since his presidency, and has led its popularity rating to an unprecedented level.
In recent weeks, some of the demonstrations have degenerated into major riots described as the most violent clashes in France for decades.
Public anger seemed to have decreased during the vacation period; However, the brief arrest Wednesday of Eric Drouet, one of the leaders of the movement, seems to have revived the resentment of his supporters.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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