12 arrested in clashes at youth protest in Paris

Paris: Twelve people were arrested overnight in Paris during clashes between the police and anti-government demonstrators following the nightly “Nuit Debout (UP All Night)” sit-in, police said.

A demonstrator throws a glass bottle to riot policemen during the protest in Paris. Pic/AFP
A demonstrator throws a glass bottle to riot policemen during the protest in Paris. Pic/AFP

Police fired teargas to disperse a group of around 100 people who tried to break through police lines around the Place de la Republique, where protesters have been holding nightly rallies for the past three weeks. A police car was torched during the clashes which erupted shortly after midnight, the statement said. No injuries were reported.

The protests began on March 31 to protest the government’s proposed labour reforms and have since grown to encompass a range of grievances, from the plight of migrants to tax evasion.

The latest arrests bring to nearly 50 the number of people detained around Place de la Republique since the start of the “Nuit Debout” movement. Police warned of the “renewed, and worsening acts of violence” after the sit-ins, which have been likened to the 2011 Occupy camp on Wall Street and the anti-austerity Indignados movement in Spain.

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