Paris, April 23: Overnight clashes between French police and about 100 people have led to 12 arrests in eastern Paris.The Paris police said the clashes took place from yesterday night to early today around the Place de la Republique on the sidelines of the “Night Rising” protest movement. Also Read - .LosAngeles LST21 BROWN-LAWSUIT Chris Brown sues rape accuser for defamation
A police car was set on fire and projectiles were thrown at police. The police used tear gas to disperse the crowd around 2 AM. No injuries were reported. Also Read - Chris Brown released after arrest in Paris on rape complaint
The “Night Rising” movement started March 31 when some protesters denouncing the government’s labor law changes decided to camp overnight in Place de la Republique. The square in eastern Paris became a symbolic gathering place after last year’s deadly attacks upon Parisians.(ALSO READ:French police arrest 14 at Calais anti-migrant protest). Also Read - 12-year-old boy survives avalanche that buried him for 40 minutes
Police today issued a ban on consuming alcohol by the square at night “for security reasons.” It said incidents “have been fuelled by the consumption of alcohol.”
The ban, valid until Monday, also prohibits bringing alcohol to the square and selling alcoholic beverages to take away.
Consumption of alcohol is generally allowed on the streets in France but local authorities can apply restrictions in certain areas.