Shocking footage of French policeman firing pepper spray in the eyes of a man in a wheelchair has emerged as gilet jaunes protests continue across the country.
A video taken during demonstrations in Toulouse on Saturday shows the disabled man approaching a riot officer before being sprayed in the face at close range.
The Yellow Vest protester was pleading to have his glasses returned from the officer who tries to walk away from him, according to witnesses.
According to witnesses, the Yellow Vest protester was pleading to have his glasses returned from the officer who tries to walk away from him
The police officer then turns around and shoots the pepper spray in his face, causing the man cover his eyes and rock back and forth in agony.
A shocking photo of the man with weeping red eyes emerged shortly after the attack.
He is reportedly ‘very angry’ after the shocking incident, according to local reports.
It comes after a weekend of violence erupted on the streets of France for the 16th weekend in a row as yellow vests protested against the government’s economic policies.
A shocking photo of the man with weeping red eyes emerged shortly after the attack
A video taken during demonstrations in Toulouse on Saturday shows the disabled man approaching a riot officer before he receives a jet in the face at close range
Protesters set fire to bins and threw smoke bombs as they clashed with police who used tear gas to control crowds.
Demonstrators wore red hoodies with the tricolor cockade – an emblem of the French Revolution – and stood with their mouths taped shut.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday reiterated a call for calm, pointing at ‘unacceptable’ outbreaks of violence since the movement began in November.
Organisers say they want to maintain pressure on the government as a two-month ‘grand debate’ initiated by Macron to let ordinary French people express their views on the country’s economic and democratic issues is ending this month.
It follows months of continual unrest, including riots that saw the Arc de Triomphe and other public monuments attacked, with shops looted and set on fire.
The man in the electric wheelchair covers his face with his hands and rocks back and forth in agony after being sprayed in the eyes