“I would never have thought that something like this may happen in France,” said Jerome Rodrigues, a prominent activist in the Yellow Vests movement that seriously injured his eye during protests, in his interview with RT filmed in Paris on Monday.
Rodrigues, one of the figureheads of the Yellow Vests movement in France, received a bad injury to his eye in a Saturday protest in Paris, before he was rushed to Hospital Cochin in the French capital, where he was treated for an open wound to his eyeball. It is unknown if he will ever see from that eye again.
“Today we realize that by going to a demonstration in Paris, we can become victims of government brutality,” Rodrigues said, adding that he is not the only one who had suffered from police aggression, stating that other protesters faced serious injuries as well.
He added that this obstacle will not stop him. “Everything which does not kill us makes us stronger. I lost an eye, others lost arms or legs, someone died. This supports me in my desire to continue the struggle.”
The prominent activist in the Yellow Vests movement also said that urgent problems need to solve in the country, such as “tax reduction on the most essential goods, restoring of democracy, which should be implemented through holding citizens initiated referendums and refusal of privileges for political leadership.”
Rodrigues stressed that he was injured with a Traumatic weapon, reputedly supplied with collimators.
“This equipment is used at the site of a battle during the war. So, did the government declare war on us? It is sad. I would have never thought that something like this may happen in France,” the injured activist added, before demanding an apology from the government for all the injured protesters.