France: Yellow Vests Call For Cash Withdrawals from Banks to ’Frighten the State’
Yellow Vest protesters called on their supporters to withdraw their money from French banks in a bid to disrupt "the system" and make the government heed the protesters' demands, specifically related to their right to propose and vote on new laws, according to France 24.
The call comes as French Prime Minister Eduard Philippe said that about 80,000 law enforcement officers had been mobilized throughout the country, including about five thousand in Paris alone, ahead of the ninth wave of Yellow Vest demonstrations, scheduled for Saturday.
The developments come as France is preparing for the ninth weekend of Yellow Vest protests, which are planned to take place in cities throughout the country on Saturday.
The French Interior Ministry, for its part, stated that the ninth wave of demonstrations may gather more than 50,000 'yellow vests' in Paris and beyond.
The wave of so-called Yellow Vests rallies [named after the reflective garment French drivers are required to have in their vehicles] started in mid-November.
While the French government scrapped its planned hike in fuel taxes, which initially sparked the protests, the "yellow vests" have evolved into a broader movement against unwelcome government policies and rising living costs.
The rallies have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and police.
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