12:40 PM 12/13/2018 | World
Hanna Bogorowski | Reporter
The French government is reportedly calling on the so-called Yellow Vest movement to end their protests and give law enforcement a break as they continue to search for the suspect who opened fire at a crowded Christmas market on Tuesday, killing two and injuring 13 others.
For weeks, France has been engulfed in turmoil as hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in what began as a protest on the carbon tax on fuel and morphed into a war against French President Emmanuel Macron and his policies.
Six yellow vest protesters have died in the increasingly violent riots, which show no signs of stopping even as the country reels from Tuesday’s terrorist attack in which 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” before shooting into a crowded market, killing three, leaving one dead brain dead and injuring 12 others.
“Our security forces have been deployed extensively these past few weeks,” a spokesman for the French government, Benjamin Griveaux, told a French television service, CNews, Thursday.
“It would be better if everyone could go about their business calmly on Saturday, before the year-end celebrations with their families, instead of demonstrating and putting our security forces to work once again,” Griveaux urged.
Protestors wearing yellow vests, face French riot police officers during a demonstration against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes, in Le Puy-en-Velay, on December 8, 2018 (Photo by Thierry Zoccolan / AFP)
Dominique Martin, a member of European Parliament, posted a picture on Twitter of who he says is Chekatt. The suspect was known to police and was being monitored by the government since 2015 due to suspected religious extremism.
Le suspect de l’attentat de #Strasbourg est Chekatt Chérif, 29 ans et fiché S.
Cela fait des mois que nous demandons l’interpellation des fichés S islamistes !
Combien de morts avant que le gouvernement prennent de véritables décisions ?? pic.twitter.com/VhIJpiygAY
— Dominique Martin (@DMartinFN) December 11, 2018
A manhunt of some 720 police officers and other law enforcement members has been underway for the gunman,