A group of masked anarchists dressed mostly in black clothing hijacked a May Day rally in Paris on Tuesday, torching a vehicle, a McDonald’s, looting stores, and throwing cobble stones at riot police, according to Reuters.
About 1,200 protesters from the far-left anarchist groups known as Black Blocs took over the rally, which was organized by labor unions protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms, Reuters reported.
Macron has been trying to cut jobs and retirement benefits in the public sector, such as SNCF railway and Air France, among other measures.
One protest in March saw hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets across France over his proposed reforms.
Here are some of the crazy pictures from Tuesday:
The rally appeared to have started peacefully.
The large sign above reads: “Students, Employees. Everyone in the Street. General Strike.”
The rally was organized in opposition to Macron’s economic reforms.
Symbolized here — but it later erupted.