Published: Sun, February 10, 2019

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris ‘yellow vest’ march

Demonstrator loses hand at Paris ‘yellow vest’ march

The protester attempted to pick up a rubber pellet grenade and it exploded in his hand, French media report.

In Rome, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the course of Italy's populist government.

In a graphic video of the aftermath, French paramedics are seen gathered around the injured protester at the National Assembly gates, providing emergency medical treatment and preventing onlookers from getting too close.

One witness who filmed the incident, 21-year-old Cyprien Royer, said it had been caused by a flash-ball grenade fired by police to disperse the crowd.

Several luxury sports auto owners are counting the cost of Saturday's chaotic Yellow Vest protests in Paris after their pricey vehicles were targeted and torched by angry demonstrators.

Police said that about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees avenue and the National Assembly.

A Sentinelle security operation vehicle is burning in front of the Eiffel Tower during a demonstration as the "Yellow Vests" protesters take to the streets for the 13th consecutive Saturday. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner expressed his "indignation and disgust" in a tweet.

Yellow vest protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police as they keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations, during a demonstration in Paris, France, on February 9, 2019.

"Every day the military ... protects our compatriots from the risk of terrorism".

Interior ministry figures put the turnout across France at 51,400, of whom 4,000 marched in Paris, slightly down on the previous week's figures.

President Emmanuel Macron - the target of many demonstrators' anger - seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate.

Earlier Saturday, activists in Latvia staged a picket in front of the French embassy in Riga, the capital of the small Baltic EU country, to support the yellow vest movement and urge Latvians to demand higher living standards.

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