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Prohibition to demonstrate Saturday, a first since the beginning of the movement

The demonstrations of "yellow vests" in the city center of Lyon, have slowed down the activity of the businesses, which deplore a significant loss of their turnover. – ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP

  • The prefect of the Rhone took this Tuesday a decree prohibiting any event in Lyon on Saturday, day of act 22 "yellow vests".
  • The perimeter concerned has not been specified but it will certainly be the hypercenter, where many traders are alarmed by the consequences of the Saturday demonstrations on their economic activity.

Concerns and calls for help from traders seem to have been heard. The prefect of the Rhône Pascal Mailhos announced on Tuesday to have taken an order to ban any event Saturday in Lyon, where must take place the act 22 of
"Yellow vests". So decided the state services after consulting the mayor of Lyon Gerard Collomb and the merchants associations of the city center. The scope concerned by this ban, the first measure of this type in Lyon since the beginning of the movement, has not yet been specified.

"For several weeks, the events called" yellow vests "disrupt every Saturday downtown. Backed by the demonstrators, violent groups are attacking people and the police, with the desire to degrade public and private property, "said the city and prefecture services in a joint statement.

Economic measures for penalized businesses

"We observe a steady decrease in the number of protesters and the maintenance of the most radical individuals. They are particularly attacking downtown shops, which are seeing their business suffer from this movement that prevents them from working and threatens their economic sustainability, "they added, anxious to recall their support for economic actors.

In recent months, as part of the state aid plan, several measures have been taken to support traders and craftsmen penalized by repeated protests. The latter can benefit from a staggering of fiscal and social debts, a simplification of short-time work and the granting of bank credits, the prefecture reminds. To "save employment and commercial activity", the city of Lyon has implemented measures totaling 700,000 euros.

Among them, the terraces will be free for cafe and restaurant owners of the peninsula in June, July and August. Bellecour's kiosks are also exempt from the 2019 royalties. The traders, who were forced to close shop during the demonstrations many times, also received support from the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.



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