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European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

January 28, 2019
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Protesters rally in downtown Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Hundreds of people wearing red scarves marched through Paris on Sunday to protest violence unleashed during two months of anti-government demonstrations by the grassroots yellow vest movement. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

PARIS (AP) — The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is traveling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests.

A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that she will hold talks with French deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez and France’s defender of rights, Jacques Toubon.

The council of Europe’s press office confirmed that Mijatovic will also meet with representatives of France’s human rights commission, police and journalists.

About 2,000 people have been injured during yellow vests protests as the demonstrations demanding more economic justice often descended into violence. Ten people have also been killed in road incidents since the protests started on Nov. 17.

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