By  on November 16, 2019

PARIS — The French capital was in lockdown mode once again on Saturday as the gilets jaunes (or yellow vests) took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of their movement. They were accompanied by so-called black blocs, a group of anarchists and anticapitalist vandals.

The demonstrations, which often spiraled into violence, were scattered throughout Paris, including a gathering of an estimated 3,000 people on the Place d’Italie in the city’s southeastern section, starting in the morning. There, the shuttered Italie 2 commercial center was targeted and its windows smashed.

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