Clashes erupt in ‘yellow vest’ protests as Macron prepares policy moves

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People take part in a demonstration called by the 'Yellow Vests' (gilets jaunes) movement on the 22nd consecutive Saturday, on April 13, 2019 in Paris. (AFP)
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A woman holds a placard reading "Some turn the sun into a yellow dot, others turn a yellow dot into a sun" during an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement, on April 13, 2019, in Laval, western France. (AFP)
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"Yellow vests" (Gilets Jaunes) protesters stand amid tear gas smoke during an an anti-government demonstration, on April 13, 2019, in Toulouse, as they take to the streets for the 22nd consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
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A French anti-riot gendarme launches a tear gas grenade during an anti-government demonstration called by "Yellow vests" (Gilets Jaunes) protesters, on April 13, 2019, in Toulouse, as they take to the streets for the 22nd consecutive Saturday. (AFP)
Updated 13 April 2019
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Clashes erupt in ‘yellow vest’ protests as Macron prepares policy moves

  • Police in Toulouse fired teargas and arrested several people after several hundred demonstrators started throwing objects and burning rubbish bins
  • Marches in Paris and elsewhere were largely peaceful by early afternoon, but the protests continue to put pressure on Macron

PARIS: “Yellow vest” demonstrators clashed with riot police in the French city of Toulouse on Saturday as President Emmanuel Macron prepares a series of policy announcements aimed at quelling 22 consecutive weekends of anti-government protests.
Police in the southeastern city fired teargas and arrested several people after several hundred demonstrators started throwing objects, burning rubbish bins and trying to enter areas where protests have been banned.
Altogether about 2,000 protesters had gathered on the Allee Jean Jaures, a wide avenue in the city center and on nearby side streets.
Activist groups had said on social media networks that Toulouse would be the focus for the 22nd round of demonstrations, prompting city mayor Jean-Claude Moudenc to express concern ahead of Saturday’s protests.
Marches in Paris and elsewhere were largely peaceful by early afternoon, but the protests continue to put pressure on Macron. He has vowed to announce a series of measures aimed at easing discontent in the country.
The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, began in November to oppose fuel tax increases.
However, the movement quickly morphed into a broader backlash against Macron’s government, despite a swift reversal of the tax hikes and other hurried measures worth more than 10 billion euros to boost purchasing power for lower-income voters.
In response to rioting that made parts of Paris resemble war zones, Macron launched a two-month “grand debat,” a sweeping consultation that included a series of town hall meetings across the country.
Macron is due to introduce specific measures early next week.
Outlining the findings of the debate initiative, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said this week that it had highlighted demands including quicker tax cuts, action to address climate change and closer ties between Paris and the provinces.


Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

Updated 20 May 2019
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Gulf Arab youths form volunteer group in Australia

  • Wasel Club is the first Arab volunteer group in the capital city of South Australia Adelaide
  • The club chose to begin with the traditional Gargee’an

ADELAIDE: Young Arabs from various Gulf countries have organized a volunteer group to spread Gulf culture and traditions in Australia.
Wasel Club, the first Arab volunteer group in the capital city of South Australia Adelaide, aims to achieve its mission by enhancing cooperation and teamwork through various cultural, national and social activities.
The club has chosen to begin with the traditional Gargee’an, which takes place in the middle of Ramadan, during which families give different kinds of treats to kids and traditional games are played by the elderly.
“We’d been thinking of a good way to commence our activities. Gargee’an is an activity that involves all ages,” Razan Al-Dossary, the founder of Wasel and a nursing student at South Australia University, told Arab News.
“Gargee’an is an interesting, fun and friendly event that allows people to connect with each other and see interesting aspects of Arab culture and society,” she said.
“All members of the (Wasel) team are students who are thousands of miles away from home. We saw an opportunity for us and other Arabs to experience the way Gargee’an is done back home.”