Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

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PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest activists are urging French citizens to empty their bank accounts and spark a massive run on French banks in their long-standing fight with the government.

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Ahead of a ninth straight weekend of planned protests in Paris and across France, yellow vests are issuing calls on social media for massive cash withdrawals from banks.

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Protesters hope the move will force the government to listen to their demands, notably their call for more direct democracy through the implementation of popular votes that allow citizens to propose new laws.

Activist Maxime Nicolle called it the "tax collector's referendum."

In a video message, Nicolle said "we are going to get our bread back ... You're making money with our dough, and we're fed up."