French police clash with firefighters at Paris demonstration
Scuffles broke out Tuesday between French police and angry firefighters demonstrating in Paris for better working conditions.
Unions organised the Paris protest for fire service workers all over the country. They set off noisy firecrackers in the capital’s Place de la Republique to bring attention to their cause.
Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19% to 25% to fulfil their missions - which they say reductions in personnel have made increasingly difficult. They say attacks against them are also on the rise.
These striking firefighters in Paris lit themselves on fire today to protest the government's attacks on their pensions.pic.twitter.com/nqTgYULtKd— Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) January 28, 2020
Paris police said firefighters who tried to break down or scale fencing near the Nation area of Paris were dispersed by water cannon.
Firefighters previously demonstrated in October and this earlier protest was marked by clashes with the police. One protester in the southern city of Dijon was seriously hit in the eye and has not recovered his vision.
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