Thousands of protesters dispersed from a Paris labour demonstration without confrontations on Thursday, with some attendees loitering at Bastille plaza after holding a march under high security.
Union representatives said approximately 60,000 people attended the rally, French broadcaster BFM-TV and other media reported. The reports added that police had put the number of attendees at 19,000-20,0000.
French police had set up a barrier around the demonstration route and searched bags for masks or projectiles. French broadcaster BFM-TV reported that 95 people were detained before and during the march.
More than 2,000 police were deployed to secure the route, French media reported, amid concerns of violence labour protests last week led to scuffles between police and protesters. A children's hospital, as well as public administration buildings and businesses, were defaced.
Police initially banned Thursday's protest, but union leaders met with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and hammered out a shorter compromise march route that loop around Bastille.
One union leader, Philippe Martinez, said the unions were not responsible for earlier violence on the sidelines of demonstrations and said the demonstration was an important right.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 14:58