Peaceful protests fundamental right of democracy, French consul general says

Published 09.12.2018 00:54
Updated 09.12.2018 18:16
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The right to protest is a fundamental right of democracy if demonstrations are held peacefully, France's Consul General in Istanbul Bertrand Buchwalter said Saturday.

"Today there are demonstrations in Paris and all over France and there will be many more in the future. Protesting is a part of our history and as long as protests are held peacefully, they are a fundamental right of democracy," Buchwalter wrote on Twitter.

The "yellow vest" movement in France started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has since morphed into a mass protest against President Emmanuel Macron's policies and top-down style of governing.

It has spilled over to some other countries, including Belgium, especially in the country's French-speaking region.

The movement has no clear leaders, and past protests have attracted extremists who hurled projectiles at police.

Protesters also blocked roads, roundabouts and tollbooths elsewhere in France.

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