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Yellow vest protesters return to Paris for the first time since lockdown

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Police took more than 250 people in for questioning and fired tear gas during violent scenes in Paris on Saturday, after the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, took to the streets of the capital for the first time since lockdown was lifted in May.

(CNN)Police took more than 250 people in for questioning and fired tear gas during violent scenes in Paris on Saturday, after the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, took to the streets of the capital for the first time since lockdown was lifted in May. Footage and photos taken in the city Saturday show cars set on fire by protesters and tear gas being used by police to disperse them.

As a result of the demonstrations, at least 256 protesters were taken in for questioning and 90 were also issued warnings, Paris police said at 6:20 p. m. local time (12:20 p. m ET).

Although the yellow vest movement had planned four demonstrations on Saturday, the police banned two of them, the Paris police prefecture said in a statement on Friday.

Police chief Didier Lallement described the banned protests as "parades down the Champs-√Člysees" while speaking to French TV station BFMTV on Saturday.

The movement, which takes its name from the yellow high-visibility jackets which French motorists must carry in their vehicles, started in November 2018 in opposition to plans to increase fuel prices, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets in demonstration.

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