France’s War on Protest

"With tears running down a bruised cheek, Vanessa Langard, a woman who participated in a protest against the policies of the French government on the Champs Élysées, recalls how she was shot by a “flash ball” projectile that was fired by a police officer. After several surgeries, Vanessa has nearly lost the use of her left eye and also suffers from memory disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder."

France’s War on Protest (OSF Voices, link):

"The event was organized by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests), an amorphous and leaderless movement of largely white working-class citizens demanding economic justice that, some say, has been hijacked by forces of extremism on both the right and the left. After a violent element of the movement hurled bricks at police on the Champs Élysées, and ransacked the Arc de Triomphe, media attention around the world exploded. Soon thereafter, Paris experienced a large influx of police. Clashes between police and protesters have resulted in estimates of more than 2,000 people suffering serious harm."


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