A protester in the yellow vests has died Thursday in Avignon, in southeastern France, hit by a truck at the exit of a highway, as reported this morning by the city prosecutor. “The driver is in preventive detention, the victim was 23 years old,” said deputy prosecutor of Avignon, Caroline Armand. It is the sixth mortal victim since the beginning of the protests of the yellow vests on November 17.
The accident occurred in the early hours of this Thursday at an exit of the A7 motorway, according to the story of the Deputy Prosecutor of Avignon. The driver of the truck, which according to the first elements of the investigation is of Polish nationality, is being questioned, according to judicial sources.
The movement, which has gained great media relevance in recent days after a series of violent demonstrations in Paris, has left six victims, in all cases by accidents in road blocks. The first victim occurred on November 17, during the first Saturday of mobilization, near Pont-de-Beauvoisin, in the east of the country, when a protester was hit by a panic-stricken driver.
Two days later it was a motorist who died after being hit by a van and in the early hours of day 2, on the second weekend of protests, a driver hit a truck in Arles, in the east of the country. In addition, an 80-year-old woman died days after being wounded by a tear gas grenade in Marseille. And last December 10 a 20-year-old died when her car hit a truck.
Last Saturday, thousands of yellow vests were again on the streets of Paris and other French cities to express their “boredom” before the government of Emmanuel Macron, who, they say, is “disconnected” from a “people” that does nothing but See how their standard of living degrades.
Only a few days later, the French president announced a series of measures to appease the public anger although it is not clear that the protests will end as an increase in the minimum wage by 100 euros per month, the exemption from taxes and social contributions to the extra hours, a bonus end of free year also of taxes or the reduction of the CSG, a tax to finance social protection for retirees with a pension of less than 2,000 euros per month. The Government confirmed this Tuesday that the announcements will cost the public coffers up to 10,000 million euros.
The yellow vests – the revolt without leaders whose emblem is the compulsory fluorescent garment in cars – began to be mobilized in November. They opposed the cost of fuel, which they managed to stop. The protest was extended to the demand for an increase in the reduced purchasing power. Accompanied by demonstrations that degenerated into riots, he expanded the program to demand the resignation of Macron .
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