97 arrested over banned anti-freedom convoy in Paris

Updated 1 hour ago ·
Published on 13 Feb 2022 7:50PM ·

Demonstraters wave French flags and yellow vests on the Champs Elysees in Paris on February 12, 2022 as convoys of protesters so called “Convoi de la Liberte” arrived in the French capital. Thousands of protesters in convoys, inspired by Canadian truckers paralysing border traffic with the US, were heading to Paris from across France on February 11, with some hoping to blockade the capital in opposition to Covid-19 restrictions despite police warnings to back off. The protesters include many anti-Covid vaccination activists, but also people protesting against fast-rising energy prices that they say are making it impossible for low-income families to make ends meet. – AFP pic, February 13, 2022.

PARIS police said they arrested 97 people who defied a ban on a Canada-style protest convoy over coronavirus regulations to try block traffic in the capital, with 81 still in custody.

Thousands of demonstrators from across France attempted to block traffic in the capital Saturday in a self-proclaimed “freedom convoy” of cars, trucks and campervans. Hundreds of them continued on to Brussels on Sunday.

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