Riot police spray tear gas in disabled man’s face during yellow vest protest

A disabled man was sprayed in the face with tear gas as he sat in his wheelchair during a yellow vest protest in France.

The man was reportedly asking the policeman for his glasses back when he crashed into the officer’s legs with his electric aid.

The officer appeared to lose his temper, reached for his spray and shot it in the man’s eyes from close range.

Witnesses claimed the officer did have the man’s glasses when he sprayed him.

The man, who was seen rocking back and forth in agony, was left with red and swollen eyes following the clash in Toulouse.


The Yellow Vest – known in French as the gilet jaune – protests in France have been running for the last 16 weeks across various cities.

Turnout this Saturday was half the previous week’s levels and marches were largely peaceful, according to Reuters.

A total 46,000 had marched nationwide last Saturday, compared with 41,000 the week before and 51,400 the week before that – well down on the more than 300,000 who marched at the start of the movement in November, in a protest which degenerated into violent clashes with police in subsequent weeks.


Protesters marched largely peacefully on Saturday from the Arc de Triomphe to Place Denfert-Rochereau on the residential left bank, though water cannons were briefly used to douse protesters on the Champs Elysees boulevard.

Tear gas and water cannons were also used in Bordeaux, and in Toulouse, where some protesters marched behind a "cacatov party" banner – a play on Molotov cocktail firebombs – encouraging people to throw "poo-bombs" at police.

There were no reports of anyone being hit by a "catatov".

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