Moroccan workers from both the private and public sectors on Monday staged demonstrations in Rabat to demand better pay and improved living conditions.
Zouhair Asqiriba, deputy head of Morocco’s Technicians’ Union, told Anadolu Agency that technicians from various government ministries and institutions had worn yellow vests while taking part in the protests.
Yellow Vest protests spread to Canadian cities
Protestors wearing yellow vests, inspired by the rallies that have been taking place in France over one month, took the streets in various cities across Canada on Saturday.The protestors held rallies in eight cities of the country; Edmonton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Okanagan, Moncton, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Halifax to protest the government’s policies and the UN migration pact.Regional alliances must be ‘reshaped’, Qatari FM saysGathering outside Halifax’s City Hall, dozens of people blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policies and the government’s recently-signed the United Nations’ Global Compact for Migration, which promotes safe and legal migration. Some 60 protesters gathering at Nathan Philips Square at Toronto City Hall also blasted a lack of freedom of speech in the country as well as the UN migration pact.Ukraine's President names leader of new church in split from RussiaThe rallies in Edmonton and Winnipeg were held against the UN migration pact. Freedom of speech was also protested in Okanagan. The demonstrations across the country ended peacefully, with no signs of police intervention. Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests -- dubbed the Yellow Vests -- have been gathering in major French cities, including the capital Paris, to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.During demonstrations, at least four people have been killed and more than a thousand others wounded.French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday
According to Asqiriba, the demonstrations are set to continue for one week until next Tuesday.
"Technicians resorted to staging protests after exhausting all efforts to sit down with government officials," he said, noting that technicians had not been included in ongoing talks between government and union representatives.
In the event their demands are not met, technicians plan to organize a nationwide strike on Dec. 19 and 20, Asqiriba said.
French 'yellow vests' protest in their thousands for fifth Saturday
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's government, ignoring calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg this week.In Paris, police were out in force to contain outbursts of violence. But the demonstrations were noticeably smaller than in previous weeks, possibly a response to the Strasbourg attack or to the cold, rainy weather.Police fired water cannon and teargas in the afternoon to disperse groups of protesters in sporadic, brief clashes with riot police on the Champs-Elysees and adjacent streets.Topless feminist activists braved the cold to face off with security forces, a few metres away from the Elysee Palace, the president's residence.And French media showed footage of clashes between police and protesters in Nantes, western France, and further south in Bordeaux and Toulouse.The 'yellow vest' movement started in mid-November with protests at junctions and roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider mobilisation against Macron's economic policies.Successive weekends of protests in Paris have lead to vandalism and violent clashes with security forces. Despite the protests, several major stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette, opened to lure in Christmas shoppers.Loic Bollay, 44, marching on the Champs-Elysees in a yellow vest, said the protests were more subdued but the movement would go on until the demonstrators' grievances were addressed."Since the Strasbourg attack, it is calmer, but I think next Saturday and the following Saturdays...it will come back."The Interior Minister said around 69,000 police were active on Saturday with a reinforced presence in Toulouse, Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne.Official figures said 66,000 protesters had been counted in France by 1700 GMT, compared to 126,000 at the same time a week before.In Paris, some 4,000 protesters marched in splintered groups in several neighbourhoods, and at least 168 were arrested, a Paris police official said.On Friday, President Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the so-called 'yellow vest' movement against his government's policies. The demonstrations have hit growth and caused widespread disruption."France needs calm, order and a return to normal," Macron said, after a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels.In a televised address on Monday, Macron announced wage rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further concessions meant to end the movement, but many said they would maintain pressure.The government, as well as several unions and opposition politicians had called on protesters to stay off the streets, after four people were killed in a gun attack at a Christmas market in the historic city of Strasbourg.Demonstrators in Netherlands gather for 'Yellow Vests' protestVideo: Demonstrators in Netherlands gather for 'Yellow Vests' protest
Twenty-five arrested ahead of Yellow Vest protests in France
At least 25 people have been arrested in French capital before a planned demonstration of Yellow Vest protesters on Saturday, according to local broadcaster France Info.Yellow Vest protests, which started as a reaction to fuel tax hikes and evolved into a raid against French President Emmanuel Macron, will continue on Saturday despite the government’s call to halt it.On Thursday, Maxime Nicolle, one of the prominent figures of the Yellow Vest movement, said they will hold protests despite the government's calls to stop after Strasbourg shooting.The protesters will gather on Champs-Elysees and Opera Square, while around 8,000 will be on duty together with 14 armored vehicles to ensure security in Paris.Around 89,000 police officers are deployed across the country.While stores and restaurants on the iconic street are closed, many metro lines will be out of service due to the protests.Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests -- dubbed the Yellow Vests -- have been gathering in major French cities, including the capital Paris, to protest Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.The demonstrators, who generally live in rural areas due to high rents in the cities, have called on Macron to cut fuel taxes and ease their economic difficulties.During demonstrations, at least four people have been killed and more than a thousand others wounded.The French President Macron said that taxes on overtime pay would be abolished as of next year and announced social security tax cuts for pensioners earning less than €2,000.However, the protesters have found President Macron's statement “insufficient.”
Fresh protesters follow Yellow Vests' lead in France
A new group of French protesters including retirees and high school students are following the Yellow Vests’ lead in demanding wage increases at the urging of some trade unions.Four trade unions -- the CGT, FSU, Solidaires, and FO -- called for nationwide protests for better wages, more public services, and more social protection.In the capital Paris on Friday some protesters gathered at the Republic Square and walked to Nation Square chanting against French President Emmanuel Macron and his government's policies.Nearly 15,000 French protesters, including high school students, took part in the protests across France.Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the left-wing CGT, told reporters that their protests had the same aim as the Yellow Vests and urged that they join forces.Speaking at a press conference after a European Council summit in Brussels on Friday, Macron called for "calm and order" ahead of another weekend of protests.“I don’t think our democracy can accept the occupation of the public domain and elements of violence,” Macron said.Macron said he had heard the protesters’ demands but added: “Our country needs calm. It needs order. It needs to function normally again."Macron also dismissed calls for his resignation.Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters wearing bright yellow vests -- dubbed the Yellow Vests -- have been gathering in major French cities, including Paris, to protest fuel tax hikes -- later cancelled -- and the deteriorating economic situation.The demonstrators, who generally live in rural areas due to high rents in the cities, have called on Macron to cut fuel taxes and ease their economic difficulties.According to a recent survey, 84 percent of the French people -- mostly from the middle-income group -- support the protests.Fuel prices in France have risen more than 20 percent this year.The Yellow Vest protests started in France but spilled over to other European countries including Belgium and the Netherlands.