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France: Strong Mobilization Accompanied By Violence Against Pension Reform

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New day of demonstrations this Thursday, March 23 in France, more than 300 rallies were organized in the Hexagon. A total of 1.089 million demonstrators took part in demonstrations in France on Thursday, including 119,000 in Paris, for the ninth day of mobilization against pension reform, marked by a clear rebound in participation, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior. The unions report 3.5 million people in the streets of France. A mobilization among the strongest that has been accompanied by violence never seen since the beginning of the social movement.

The mobilization of this Thursday is one of the most followed since the beginning of the social movement. The mobilization reached a record in Paris with 119 000 demonstrators according to the authorities. If all of them marched peacefully, the demonstration was marked by violent clashes between 1,500 rioters and black blocks and the police.

The violence seen in several demonstrations on March 23, notably in Rouen – where a woman had her thumb torn off by a disencryption grenade -, or in Lyon is unprecedented since the beginning of the social movement against the pension reform.

After the trade union demonstrations, wild mobilizations are expected tonight in several French cities such as Marseille, Lyon, Rouen and probably Paris.

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