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French police clash with ‘yellow vest’ protesters on Champs Elysees

PARIS: French riot police fired tear gas canisters at “yellow vest” protesters in central Paris on Saturday at the start of a planned demonstration against the high cost of living under President Emmanuel Macron. A police spokeswoman told reporters there were about 1,500 protesters on the Champs Elysees boulevard and authorities said 211 people had been arrested after police found weapons such as hammers, baseball bats and metal petanque balls on them. Hundreds of protesters were milling around the Arc de Triomphe…

Clashes on Champs-Elysees as French protesters rage against taxes

PARIS: Anti-government protesters clashed with French police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday, leaving the famed avenue cloaked in tear gas on a fresh day of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner blamed the unrest on far-right agitators who ignored a ban on demonstrations in the area and who threw projectiles at security forces. The protest movement began a week ago when hundreds of thousands of protesters wearing high-visibility yellow vests blockaded roads…

CJP takes notice of damage caused to property during protests

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took notice of the damage caused to public and private properties during the three-day countrywide protests by religious parties over the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case. The chief justice directed the federal as well as the provincial governments to assess the damage caused to public and private properties during these protests and submit their respective reports within three days. He explained the purpose behind his taking cognizance…

Govt, protesters reach agreement to end countrywide protests

ISLAMABAD: The government and the Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protesting the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case have reached an agreement following successful negotiations to end demonstrations across the country. According to the agreement, a review appeal filed in the case of Aasia Bibi is a legal right of the complainants and government will have no objection on it. Besides, the government will take legal measures to place Aasia Bibi's name on the Exit Control List (ECL) and protesters taken into custody…

Talks underway with protesters to resolve matter amicably: Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi said on Thursday said negotiations were underway with the protesters to resolve the matter amicably. "The nation will soon hear good news in this regard," he said in a confident tone while addressing the National Assembly session adding that the government did not want use of force against the protestors. He, however, said that no compromise would be made on the writ of the state and dictation of any sort would not be accepted. The minister of state…