French police have dispersed an attempt to copy the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy in Paris.
The protesters were reportedly against Covid-19 restrictions and were onboard at least 500 vehicles.
“There are numerous police vehicles here and cars from the so-called “Freedom Convoy” – protesters who, despite the ban, have driven into Paris and they’re blocking this roundabout. Police have been trying to clear them out, they’ve been asking people to clear the scene and there have been scuffles here,” reported FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris-Trent.
To prevent the protesters from blocking traffic any further, police fired tear gas to disperse them but were met with physical altercations and honking of horns.
Police were reportedly able to contain the protests but there have been no reports of injuries while two alleged protesters were arrested in southern Paris in possession of gas cans, hammers, and knives.
“If they block traffic or if they try to block the capital, we must be very firm about this,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
Similar freedom convoys were also organized in the Netherlands and Belgium.
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