French police, protesters clash; 12 arrests in eastern Paris
People gather on the Place de la Republique, in Paris, Monday, April 11, 2016. Thousands of protesters have been camping out, holding night-time demonstrations since last week at a symbolic rallying point on the Place de la Republique, to express anger at a proposed labor law and social conditions in France. French police on Monday evacuated protesters angry over labor reforms who have been gathering at Paris' Republique square over the past 11 nights, ordering them to tear down structures set up on the iconic plaza. Writing on the flag reads: " Rise up at Night". (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS:  Overnight clashes between French police and about 100 people have led to 12 arrests in eastern Paris.

The Paris police said the clashes took place from Friday night to early Saturday around the Place de la Republique on the sidelines of the “Night Rising” protest movement. A police car was set on fire and projectiles were thrown at police. The police used tear gas to disperse the crowd around 2 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The “Night Rising” movement started March 31 when some protesters denouncing the government’s labor changes decided to camp overnight in Place de la Republique in eastern Paris, which became a symbolic gathering place after last year’s deadly attacks upon Parisians.

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