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'Up All Night' protesters clash with police in Paris

Kenzo Troubillard / AFP | French police at a Nuit Debout ("Up All Night") protest in Paris on April 14, 2016
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Protesters attacked shop windows and cash dispensers in the east of the French capital on Thursday, a Paris police spokeswoman said.


“There are 300 people currently causing very important damage,” the spokeswoman said late on Thursday night, adding that a police operation was under way but no arrests had been made yet.

Several unauthorised marches have been taking place in Paris over the past two weeks on the sidelines of the occupation by left-wing and anarchist young people of the city’s ‘Place de la République’, a vast square in the east of the French capital.

The “Nuit Debout” or “Up all Night” movement began on March 31 when a group of activists decided not to go home after a march against the proposed reforms.

Protesters have since included a number of causes, from migrants' rights to anti-globalisation.

Earlier on Thursday, dozens were arrested after clashing with police at the margins of a rally protesting controversial labour reform plans, which the government argues will cut unemployment, but critics say are weighed heavily in favour of employers and will erode job security.


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