French yellow vest figure on trial, new protests planned
Published Fri Feb 15 2019 15:48:09 GMT+0000 (UTC)
by Associated Press
PARIS (AP) — A prominent figure of the French yellow vests has gone on trial in Paris for allegedly organizing illegal demonstrations, as the movement prepares for a 14th consecutive weekend of protests.
Eric Drouet was arrested for organizing demonstrations on Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 in Paris without declaring them to authorities.
He acknowledged he didn't follow the rule, saying Friday he doesn't consider himself a protest organizer.
The Paris prosecutor requested a 500-euro ($563) fine and a one-month suspended prison sentence. The court's decision will be announced on March 29.
Drouet is a known figure of the movement, repeatedly calling for demonstrations on social media.
Yellow vest protesters are planning new protests on Saturday and Sunday in Paris and other cities to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies.