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Macron under attack as authorities fail to prevent vandalism on the Champs-Elysées

Macron under attack as authorities fail to prevent vandalism on the Champs-ElyséesEmmanuel Macron, the French president, came under attack on Sunday for failing to prevent “yellow vest” protesters from wrecking Paris’s grandest avenue, the Champs-Elysées. The centrist president cut short a skiing break in the Pyrenees and flew back to Paris to chair an emergency security meeting, but critics said the resurgence of violence was predictable and he should never have left the capital.  Demonstrators smashed nearly every shopfront on the Champs-Elysées, set fire to a bank and torched cars on the 18th consecutive Saturday of protests against Mr Macron’s business-friendly economic reforms. Laurent Wauquiez, leader of the main Right-wing opposition party, The Republicans, renewed his call for a state of emergency. “Another Saturday of violence which was left to degenerate in the heart of our capital,” Mr Wauquiez tweeted. “It is time to act.” Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist mayor of Paris, said: “We are in the midst of a major social and political crisis. We should have been capable of controlling a situation like the one we have just experienced. I’m waiting for explanations from the government.” The vandalized facade of the Hugo Boss shop is seen after the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations Credit: Getty Images Europe Mr Macron acknowledged that the authorities should have been able to prevent the destruction. “I want us to analyse things very clearly and take strong decisions very soon so that this does not happen again,” he said. Parliament last week passed controversial legislation toughening penalties for violent demonstrators, banning them from covering their faces and allowing police to bar known troublemakers from taking part. However, it has yet to be enforced. Some of Mr Macron’s own MPs object to the new law on the grounds that it infringes civil rights. The president has responded by referring it to the Constitutional Council for a ruling on whether it complies with the French constitution. Eric Ciotti, a Republican MP, accused the president of seeking to undermine his own legislation. “This is double-talk. He is endangering our country.” The police rejected claims that they had been too soft on the vandals. Stanislas Gaudon, a police union spokesman, said lenient sentences by courts had fostered a sentiment of impunity among protesters. “We’ve repeatedly seen that those we’ve risked life and limb to arrest have got off with warnings or suspended sentences. This has to stop.” About 200 people arrested during the protest were in custody on Sunday.



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Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's home

Protester faces charges for vandalism at NRA lobbyist's homeALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Protesters are targeting the northern Virginia home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist and say the protests will continue.



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2 Boys Arrested After Vandalism That Killed 500,000 Bees On Iowa Honey Farm

2 Boys Arrested After Vandalism That Killed 500,000 Bees On Iowa Honey FarmTwo boys are facing felony charges after vandalism at an Iowa honey farm killed 500,000 bees, according to police.



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Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks

Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risksBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported "recent coordinated physical attacks" on the much-protested line, just as it's almost ready to carry oil.



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Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalism

Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalismThe Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was alerted on Friday to a small crack near a valve site on a stretch of the pipeline outside Canton, South Dakota, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Sioux Falls, Lincoln County Chief Deputy Chad Brown said by telephone. The state Department of Criminal Investigations was investigating the incident as an act of “felony vandalism,” said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney general.



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Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks

Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risksBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported "recent coordinated physical attacks" on the much-protested line, just as it's almost ready to carry oil.



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A look at the threats, vandalism against Jewish institutions

A look at the threats, vandalism against Jewish institutionsJewish community centers, schools and cemeteries have been dealing with waves of bomb threats and vandalism this year. Most of these crimes remain unsolved, though a man in St. Louis was charged Friday with eight of the threats made against Jewish institutions as well as a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League.



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