On November 30, 2015, climate activists gathered around the statue of Marianne in Place de la République in Paris, France.

 

The day started out peacefully: more than 10,000 pairs of shoes, including the Pope's, filled the square to create a silent march, and a breezy marionette floated through the crowd, only pausing to lay a rose at the makeshift memorial for victims of the month's deadly terrorist attacks.

 

But by the afternoon, French anarchist groups had flooded the square, using the memorial as an artillery and pelting police barricades with glass votives and flower pots. Clouds of tear gas descended upon the crowd and, when night fell, nearly 200 protesters were hauled away in police vans.

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