Sunday 22 September 2019

Scuffles in Paris as thousands gather for May Day rallies

Hooded black-clad protesters mixed with yellow vest and union activists.

A man wearing a yellow stands amidst tear gas during a May Day demonstration in Paris (Francois Mori/AP)
A man wearing a yellow stands amidst tear gas during a May Day demonstration in Paris (Francois Mori/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Brief scuffles between police and protesters have broken out in Paris as thousands of people gather for May Day rallies under tight security measures.

Police used tear gas to control the crowd gathering near Paris’s Montparnasse railway station.

Groups of hooded, black-clad people shouting anti-police slogans mixed with other protesters wearing yellow vests or waving union flags.

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Riot police face demonstrators (Francois Mori/AP)

French authorities have warned “radical activists” may join the Paris demonstration and renew scenes of violence that marked previous yellow vest protests and May Day demonstrations in the past two years.

More than 7,400 police are deployed in Paris.

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