100s detained, tear gas fired: Yellow Vest mayhem hits Paris on 4th weekend


French police fired the first batches of tear gas on Saturday as massive crowds of Yellow Vest protesters swarmed into the heart of the capital on the 4th weekend of unrest. Hundreds were detained prior to and at the rally.
Police detained at least 700 people across the country, including 575 in Paris, during the rallies, Secretary of State to the Interior Minister Laurent Nunez confirmed, as cited by French media. The official added that a total of 31,000 people have been demonstrating in France.
30 people, including 3 police officers, have been injured during the Paris mayhem, according to the latest official figures. A reporter with RIA Novosti, Viktoria Ivanova, was affected by tear gas during the clashes.

“I’ve been working in the immediate vicinity of [police] roadblock, when police used tear gas in response to hooliganism,” she said. “I have protection – mask, helmet and eye drops. I’m feeling well, at least as [well as] a person after being gassed can feel.”
The rally on the iconic Champs-Elysees avenue turned violent right after 10:00 am (local time). Videos from the area show people coughing and sneezing after tear gas canisters were fired into the lines of demonstrators.
Several hours into the protests, trucks armed with water cannon arrived in the heart of the capital.