6 Months of Yellow Vest Protests

Activists gathered on Saturday in France for the 28th consecutive week of yellow vest protests.

Without fail, every Saturday for more than 6 months, the ‘gilets jaunes’ or yellow vest movement has taken to the streets across France, facing brutal violence at the hands of the police, arrests of protesters, and thousands of injuries.

Protests Initially began in response to tax hikes, but the movement has expanded to wider outrage against the government and growing wealth inequality. The yellow vest movement quickly spread to other countries, including Belgium.

While the French authorities almost immediately abandoned their plans to raise fuel taxes, yellow vest activists have continued to take to the streets across France every weekend for demonstrations to express their discontent with the government.

Estimates of the number of people who participated in the latest demonstration vary widely, with many pointing out the increasingly inconsistent estimates of protesters at Saturday protests. Last Saturday’s estimates range from more than 50,000 participants to as few as 3,200 across the country.



Image Adapted from “Gilets Jaunes / Yellow vests in Metz” by Dmitry Dzhus is licensed under CC BY 2.0