A former champion boxer who had turned into a "yellow vest" who had dropped out after a video struck by a French police officer had a donation page for his legal monies.
More than $ 130,000 was reportedly collected for Christophe Dettinger on Leetchi, a gift and fundraiser website, before she removed the page about complaints from officials. According to the BBC, he was still in detention on Tuesday.
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Leetchi said the page was closed because of the number of pledges made, according to the BBC. The site initially defended itself in the hope of remaining neutral. However, officials compared the site with "the legitimacy of violence against the police."
"A fundraiser in support of a person who attacked an officer is tantamount to being an accomplice to these serious acts of violence," said Marleen Schiappa, a. The French minister said: "Obviously, a blow pays against a police officer ", tweeted Mounir Mahjoubi, another minister, on Monday.
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Christophe Grébert, an anti-corruption activist, defended the fund and said it was legal, a means of supporting court costs and adding that the abolition of the site is a "bad signal for democracy".
Dettinger, a former French light heavyweight champion, was caught on video when he beat a policeman. He said he reacted "wrongly" after he and his family were fumigated with tear gas during the protests.
He claimed to be a "Yellow Vest" protester and had participated in all the protests.
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. "I am a yellow vest, I have the anger of the people in me," he said on Sunday.
In Paris there have been "protests against the yellow vest" for eight weeks. On Monday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the mobilization of some 80,000 police officers this Saturday. He also said the government wants to punish protesters who do not officially announce their protests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.