Published On: Wed, May 1st, 2019

Paris police clash with protesters ahead of May Day march

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Hundreds of so-called ‘black bloc’ activists push to the front of the gathering crowd on Montparnasse Boulevard, hurling bottles and other projectiles at police in a confrontation some 90 minutes before the march was to start

Published 8:45 PM, May 01, 2019

Updated 8:45 PM, May 01, 2019

PROTEST. A yellow vest protester standing on a street pole between police and fellow protesters gestures prior to the start of the annual May Day rally in Paris on May 1, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

PROTEST. A yellow vest protester standing on a street pole between police and fellow protesters gestures prior to the start of the annual May Day rally in Paris on May 1, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

PARIS, France – Riot police clashed with anti-capitalist protesters in Paris on Wednesday, May 1, firing tear gas to disperse them as thousands gathered for a May Day march in the city’s south.

In a tense atmosphere, hundreds of so-called “black bloc” activists pushed to the front of the gathering crowd on Montparnasse Boulevard, hurling bottles and other projectiles at police in a confrontation some 90 minutes before the march was to start.

One protester suffered a head injury, an AFP journalist said.

Riot police also used stingball grenades to disperse the crowd.

A controversial riot control device, the grenade is thrown at ground level, releasing scores of rubber pellets that cause an intense stinging to the legs within a 15-metre (50-foot) range.

By late morning, police said some 88 people had been detained for questioning.

Six armored vehicles and 6 water cannons were also on standby to be brought in if needed, a police source told AFP. – Rappler.com

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