As announced Wednesday, the French government will deploy military forces this Saturday to help local police maintain security during the Yellow Vest protests.
The decision follows a violent riot last weekend, when hundreds of protestors set fires, destroyed cars, and looted over 100 businesses in Paris.
The government immediately fired the city’s police chief and announced a ban on protests along the Champs-Elysees Avenue.
The Yellow Vest protests, which began last November, have grown increasingly violent as citizens continue to demand economic justice from a leader they criticize as “out of touch.”
This weekend, soldiers will protect government buildings while local police focus on “crowd control” and “maintaining law and order,” said government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.
Troops will be borrowed from the “Sentinelle” anti-terror program, which was put into place in 2015 to protect airports, train stations, and other vulnerable locations.
Author’s Note: The Yellow Vest protests are a major problem, but deploying troops to control your own people is a very bad sign. In the United States, soldiers cannot be deployed within a state without permission from that state’s governor.