By Yusuf Ozcan

PARIS (AA) – Yellow Vest protestors on Saturday once again took to the streets across France, for the 23rd consecutive week, to protest the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

More than 20,000 protestors gathered at Bataillon du Pacifique Square and marched towards Republique Square in Paris.

Brief brawls erupted between the protestors and the police. Some protestors threw bottles and stones on the security forces and some others set cars on fire, in return of which the police fired tear gas and water cannons.

According to Paris Police Department, 227 people were arrested in Paris.

French interior ministry said that 27,900 people participated in Saturday's protests across the country while 60,000 police forces were deployed in the French capital to deal with the protests.

In addition to Paris, protests were held in Bordeaux, Marseille and Montpellier.

Yellow Vest protests began in November 2018 as a reaction to rising fuel costs, which later turned into deadly anti-government riots.

The protests have left 11 people dead and more than 2,000 injured, according to the French government.

Some 8,400 people have been arrested since the beginning of Yellow Vest protests and about 2,000 were remanded in custody.

*Writing by Sibel Morrow

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