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France/Switzerland: Yellow Vests march across border to protest police violence

France, Saint Genis Pouilly, France/Geneva, Switzerland
August 31, 2019 at 18:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Yellow Vest activists from France and Switzerland joined forces on Saturday as they staged an anti-police violence march that begun in Saint Genis Pouilly, France before crossing over the Swiss border and ending up in Geneva.

At least 700 demonstrators reportedly took part in the rally which ended symbolically at Geneva's Square of Nations, near the UN office located in the Swiss city.

The event started with a gathering in the French side of the border, and later both activist groups joined at the border checkpoint of Ferney-Voltaire and created a human chain.

Upon their arrival to Geneva, hundreds of demonstrators participated in a ceremony where they gave alleged victims of police abuse symbolic medals.

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Yellow Vest activists from France and Switzerland joined forces on Saturday as they staged an anti-police violence march that begun in Saint Genis Pouilly, France before crossing over the Swiss border and ending up in Geneva.

At least 700 demonstrators reportedly took part in the rally which ended symbolically at Geneva's Square of Nations, near the UN office located in the Swiss city.

The event started with a gathering in the French side of the border, and later both activist groups joined at the border checkpoint of Ferney-Voltaire and created a human chain.

Upon their arrival to Geneva, hundreds of demonstrators participated in a ceremony where they gave alleged victims of police abuse symbolic medals.

C/U Woman with banner denouncing police violence, Saint Genis Pouilly, France

M/S "Stop LBD (lanceurs de balles de defense; rubber bullet guns)" banner

C/U Banner with photos of wounded demonstrators

W/S Demonstrators blocking traffic at Saint Genis Pouilly

SOT, Priscilla Ludowski, Yellow Vest leader (French): "The aim is to denounce the abuses in the use of the force. The excessive usage of force has already been denounced by many, including Amnesty International and the United Nations: this is why this march ends at the UN and this is very symbolic, more symbolic than anything else could be. It is our way to throw some light over these disfunctions. But even if France has already been called to order several times, nothing seems to be changed about all this"

W/S Demonstrators in Saint Genis Pouilly

M/S Demonstrators in Saint Genis Pouill

yC/U Demonstrators in Saint Genis Pouilly

M/S Yellow Vest protester *UPSOUND* (French): "Let's start!"

W/S Demonstrators starting march towards border

W/S Demonstrators marching towards border

W/S Demonstrators marching towards border with police escort

M/S Demonstrators arriving at border crossing Fernay-Voltaire

M/S Border checkpoint at Fernay-Voltaire

W/S Demonstrators crossing the border and chanting anti-Macron slogans

W/S Demonstrators near Geneva airport

W/S Yellow Vest movement activists

M/S Protesters taking each other's hands forming chain

C/U Protesters taking each other's hands

M/S Protesters heading from airport towards Geneva's 'Square of the Nations'

W/S Chain of protesters heading from airport towards Geneva's 'Square of the Nations'

C/U Ex-military hunger striker nicknamed 'Petit Jean' in 'Square of the Nations' since August 14

M/S Yellow Vests gather at square

W/S Demonstrators with banner denouncing police violence in front of UN building

M/S Demonstrators with banner denouncing the police violence in front of UN building

W/S Distribution of medals to victims of police violence

SOT, David Bellanstan, Yellow Vest injured by police (French): " I am David Bellanstan, I think most of you know me. I was wounded in Paris the 16th March at the Champs Elysees. It was a calm afternoon in fact".

C/U Medals for victims

M/S Female police violence victim waving to crowd

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