The 'gilets jaune' (yellow vests) demonstraions were held weekly in various cities across France; beginning in November 2018, and ending with the Covid-19 national lockdown in March 2020. Initially, the protest demanded economic reforms, but later evolved into demands for political reforms. Typical of these demonstrations were blocking of main roads; and not infrequently, riots and violence. Compagnies républicaines de sécurité (CRS) police, specialised in riot control were brought in to control and contain the protestors. We see a mix of personalities in both the CRS and protestors.
Born in Singapore and based in Paris, CHIA Ming Chien specialises in Character Portraiture, Architecture, and Fine Art photography. His photographs have been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London, the ArtScience Museum Singapore, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, VIVID Sydney, and other venues. His work has been published in books and international publications including National Geographic magazine.