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19 Nov 2018 | 01:29 PM UTC

France: “Yellow vest” protests and roadblocks in Paris Nov. 24 /update 4

France News Alert

“Yellow vest” protest in Paris on November 24; severe disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/20/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

Participants of the "yellow vest" movement are set to protest in Paris on Saturday, November 24. Severe traffic disruptions, including roadblocks, along with a heightened security presence, are expected.

The "yellow vest" movement continues to hold disruptive protests nationwide on November 19 for the third consecutive day. Multiple roads and highways, along with oil depots, are currently blocked, causing significant traffic disruptions. Clashes between motorists and protesters, or with the police, are possible amid rising tensions.

Context

The "yellow vest" movement launched protests on November 17 against rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax. Hundreds of thousands have engaged in slow-rolling (go-slow) protests to block roads and highways, causing significant traffic disruptions. At least one person has died and more than 400 others have been injured in traffic related incidents. Authorities have reportedly arrested around 280 people.

The government is planning a tax increase on fuel prices, including gasoline and diesel, beginning on January 1, 2019, to promote environmentally friendly practices. 

Advice

Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, allow for extra time to reach their destinations, and avoid all protests as a precaution.

 

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