In Paris, police gas dispersed the demonstrators on the eve of elections

In Paris, police gas dispersed the demonstrators on the eve of elections

In Paris the day before the first round of voting in the presidential election was a demonstration of trade unions and student unions, which expressed disagreement with the proposals of the candidates. The police used to disperse them with tear gas.

Law enforcement officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who took to the streets of Paris on Saturday, April 22, with protest slogans on the eve of the first round of voting in the presidential election. This writes the French magazine Valeurs.

About 2 thousand people gathered on a Central square of Paris — from the Republic square and headed through the streets to the place de La Bastille. The event was organized by several trade unions and student organizations. In a press release, organizers called on supporters to generate power, which will lead to social changes in the country, the “first social revolution”.

La manif a des airs de printemps anti-loi travail. Après une brève avancée de gendarmes, les cortèges appellent à rester unis #1erTourSocial

— Hugo Boursier (@HugoBoursier) 22 APR 2017

Later, clashes broke out between demonstrators and police. Some of the participants of the protest actions began to throw in law enforcement smoke bombs and bottles. The police decided to disperse out on the street with tear gas.

Cargas en la manifestación de Paris #1erTourSocial

— juan carlos mohr (@juancarlosmohr) 22 APR 2017

Publishing Public Senat clarifies that one police officer was wounded in clashes with the protesters.

Actuellement Environ 800 personnes réunies à #Paris pour le 1er tour social. #Paris

— Stéphanie Roy (@StroyPress) 22 APR 2017

The demonstration occurred the day before the start of the first round of presidential elections, scheduled for Sunday, April 23. Only participate in elections 11 candidates. The highest ratings the five of them — the leader of the far-right party “national front” marine Le Pen, conservative Francois Fillon of “Republicans,” the former economy Minister and founder of the movement “Forward” Emmanuel macron, the main candidate of ultra-strength Jean-Luc Mélenchon, former Minister of education and the candidate of the ruling Socialist party, Benoit Hamon.

In the first round will determine the two candidates who will compete in the second round (on may 7) and will continue to fight for the post of President, who will lead the country over the next five years.