Thousands of winegrowers in Southern France clashed with police during demonstrations against falling incomes over the weekend.
GV PAN Massed demonstration of wine growers in street (2 shots)
SV Wine-growers' leader speaking to crowd
GV PAN Crowd applauds
GV & SV Hotel do la Prefecture (2 shots)
LV Security forces outside Hotel de la Prefecture
SV Riot police and gendarmes (2 shots)
SV & GV Riot police restrain demonstrators (3 shots)
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Background: Thousands of winegrowers in Southern France clashed with police during demonstrations against falling incomes over the weekend.
One of the biggest shows of discontent came in Montpelier, where an estimated 15,000 gathered in an atmosphere of tension -- following a bomb blast outside the Prefecture the previous night.
On Monday (17 March), there were several confrontations between demonstrators and police. One group of protesters barricaded themselves into the cathedral, threatening to stay there for a week. Others occupied college buildings. Two policemen were seriously injured in clashes.
There was another big demonstration in Carcassonne, where 12,000 protesters ransacked the town's main tax office and set fire to the regional agricultural office.