Police evacuate protesters from Paris square following riots

Police evacuate protesters from Paris square following riots
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Officers remove tents and banners set up by group protesting against French labour reforms but demonstrators vow to return

French police have evacuated the protesters who had been gathering at Paris’s Place de la République over the past 11 nights, and torn down the structures set up on the square.

The police said Monday’s evacuation, which took place after some protestersrioted over the weekend, passed without incident.

Video footage showed officers removing tents and banners installed by the protesters, who started their Occupy-like movement to oppose labour reforms. Demonstrators are, however, planning to resume their sit-in on Monday evening.

Police made eight arrests on Saturday night after about 300 demonstrators rampaged across Paris, attacking a police building, damaging cars and vandalising bank offices. It was not clear whether they had any affiliation to the group called Nuit debout, which loosely means “rise up at night”, that began the square’s occupation.

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