125,000 demonstrators throughout the country (according to the French Ministry of the Interior). 8,000 in Paris … The fourth Saturday of mobilization of yellow vests, a popular movement with multiple claims, has experienced violent episodes: clashes, looting, vandalism. There are even 118 injured demonstrators and 17 on the side of the police for Gilets jaunes.
But overall, the situation was better controlled than last Saturday. It must be said that the authorities had prepared to best supervise the protesters. 89,000 police and gendarmes were mobilized throughout the country. In Paris, they were 8,000 and they changed their strategy to limit the excesses.
Security document leaked
The day started badly for the police. We learned that part of the safety device planned to cope with the expected mobilization of yellow vests was found on the internet. This document had been circulated to about 2,000 people for preparations for this Saturday. And someone has hijacked him.
Arrests upstream. 1,385 people were arrested during the day. Of these, 975 were placed in police custody (provisional report at 19:45). In Paris, the last report (17h) reports 673 arrests including 551 arrests.
The police carried out checks at points of passage to the center of Paris such as tolls and railway stations. Dangerous equipment was seized: balls of petanques, hammers, shears, but also baseball bats and Molotov cocktails.
Individuals spotted on social networks for their calls to violence could be intercepted before taking action.
More reactive mobile units. The thugs had more limited room for maneuver than last week. The police had organized themselves to be able to intervene very quickly where the situation degenerated. This “device based on mobility, responsiveness, has helped break the dynamics of thugs,” said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in the evening Gilets jaunes.
Armored vehicles. Thirteen armored vehicles of the gendarmerie allowed to quickly clear the dams and the barricades installed by the demonstrators.