Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Wednesday to mark International Workers’ Day (also known as Labor Day), only to clash with French riot police. The demonstrators included Yellow Vests, trade unionists, climate change protesters and Black Bloc (antifa) – which posted on social media that they wanted an “Armageddon” rally that would turn Paris into the “Riot Capital of Europe,” according to the Daily Mail.
More than 7,400 police, gendarmes and soldiers were on hand to quell the more violent protesters. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said “‘There’s no question of dramatising anything, it is a question of being prepared,” adding that “1,000 to 2,000 extremists” were expected to join the protests.
— François Launay (@francoislaunay) May 1, 2019
Marching alongside labor unions, pensioners, students and others, the protesters were hit with large amounts of tear gas, baton strikes and other crowd control measures.
VIDEO: 🇫🇷 Clashes have broken out in Paris between police and “black bloc” protesters who joined “yellow vest” demonstrators at the front of the march before the official start of the trade union demonstration on #MayDay #LabourDay #1erMai pic.twitter.com/Cp6c14CiXk
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 1, 2019
Macron Regime Riot Police fire Tear Gas and Stun Grenades as they Baton Charge protesters at the start of the traditional May Day parade in #Paris.#Montparnasse#1erMai#1Mai#GiletsJaunespic.twitter.com/c469ihu579
— Ian56 (@Ian56789) May 1, 2019
🇫🇷 💥 #Paris: As a result of the tensions in the French capital during #1May2019 manifestation, the front window of a police van was destroyed by #Antifa crap#1May #Syndicats #GiletsJaunes #YellowVests #1erMai pic.twitter.com/hgUuOTZioq
— Compact News 🌐 (@NewsCompact) May 1,