Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Christophe Dettinger: Fundraising for 'yellow vest' boxer ends after outcry

Christophe Dettinger: Fundraising for 'yellow vest' boxer ends after outcry

The poll comes to light amid tensions over the so-called yellow vest movement, which has been protesting for eight consecutive Saturdays across the country calling for greater fiscal and social justice.

"It's outrageous, this kitty is shameful", Schiappa said.

The fundraising website Leetchi initially defended its hosting of the appeal, saying that as a platform it was required to remain "neutral".

French President Emmanuel Macron posted on Twitter his condemnation of the weekend's most violent incidents, decrying "extreme violence" against "the Republic, its guardians, its representatives, and its symbols". It then closed the page to further cash contributions, though it said all citizens had the right to raise funds to defend themselves.

"[French President Emmanuel] Macron's government is not up to expectations and some policies are de facto unsafe, not just for the French, but for Europe".

On Facebook he wrote: "I was gassed with my friend, my wife, and at some point I was taken over by anger, so yes I acted badly".

Meanwhile, the Macron government has pledged to crack down on the protesters following their eighth consecutive weekend of action, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announcing on Monday that the administration is considering banning participation in unauthorised protests.

The SCSI-CFDT police union said the funds should be used to compensate the two officers targeted by Dettinger, who were removed from duty while recovering from their injuries.

Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration by the ‘yellow vests’ movement in Paris on Jan. 5 2019
Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration by the ‘yellow vests’ movement in Paris on Jan. 5 2019

Chantal Jouanno, a former sports minister, said she could not guarantee conditions for a calm debate as she had become a focus of attention after a news magazine revealed she was paid 14,700 euros ($16,800) per month to head France's National Commission for Public Debate.

One protester, Maxime Nicolle called it the "tax collector's referendum". "I have the anger of the people in me", he said.

Disturbing footage emerged showing police beating protesters in the southern city of Toulon, with multiple media reporting that the incident is now under investigation for brutality.

The protests have since morphed into a broader expression of discontent with government policies, seen as favoring the needs of "elites" over those of "ordinary citizens".

Who Are the "Yellow Vests"?

The latest "yellow vest" marches began peacefully but degenerated on Saturday afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over the Seine.

Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests - dubbed the Yellow Vests - have gathered in major French cities, including the capital Paris, to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.

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