“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.

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2019-01-30 02:37

Source = RT… Putin is very into French-bashing nowadays 😉 VAT on food is 5.5%, it’s one of the lower if not the lower of the EU, thus taxes on essential goods too high? Really? I concede that the TIPP tax on energy is way too high but other essential goods? NOPE, not at all! Now the ‘restauration of democracy’? LOL! I bet he’s one of those who never used his elector card! Why? All those whining about such thing I met actually never went to polls! So don’t complain if the ones that end elected don’t please you! Referendums… Read more »

2019-01-30 03:39

Oh, BTW, chef Yannick Delpech criticised the Yellow Vests’ serious violences in Toulouse.
Look at what they did to his restaurant :
25 employees are now jobless.
Before they set the place on fire, he’s been twice burgled in 4 days, has seen his car burnt, added with painted threats+insults, he also has bean threatened on Facebook…
Strange “democracy” idea they have 😉