Pianist plays on as riot police pursue Yellow Vests
WATCH: Undaunted pianist plays on as riot police pursue Yellow Vests through Paris train station
Published time: 21 Sep, 2019 09:50Edited time: 21 Sep, 2019 12:47
French riot police in Paris on September 21, 2019 © Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP
Yellow Vest protesters seeking respite from tear gas in a Paris train station were accompanied by an unexpected live soundtrack as a talented pianist played on nearby, undeterred by the melée around him.
Playing on a public piano, the musician added a dreamlike quality to the tense situation.
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Demonstrators, taking to the streets for the 45th week of nationwide protests, sought refuge inside the capital’s Saint-Lazare station after police fired tear gas outside to disperse crowds.
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Security forces then followed the protesters into the station in an attempt to flush them out and evacuate the building.
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Police in Paris arrested over 100 people on Saturday, according to official figures, and more than 7,000 officers have been deployed in the capital alone for Saturday’s rallies.