French security forces used tear gas to disperse a demonstration in the city of Lyon
Protesters clashed with French police in the city of Lyon on Friday, during a rally against government policies, including a highly debated pension reform. The unrest resulted in street fires and vandalized public and commercial buildings.
and featured costumes, songs and even orchestral performances.
Later, however, the situation spiraled out of control when some demonstrators targeted the town hall of the city’s 1st district, as well as a municipal police station, according to the local prefecture. Footage published on social media also showed rioters smashing windows with stones, furniture burning on the streets and efforts to erect barricades.
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Local law enforcement used tear gas to disperse the troublemakers while arresting one protester. Lyon’s prefecture condemned for the of the city’s residents, saying that despite a volley of projectiles, police intervention had helped to protect the inhabitants and buildings from further damage.