At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever

It was a warm afternoon in March. David Breidenstein says he looked on as some of the more radical yellow vest protesters set fire to Le Fouquet's, not just a restaurant but a symbol of wealth and power in France.

As the flames spread licking at the famous red awning, Breidenstein quickly turned on his feet hoping to distance himself from the blaze, fearful of getting caught up in the violence he says he wasn't fueling.

A few seconds later he stopped, lit a cigarette, and as he looked back towards the riot police he felt the full force of a golf-ball-size rubber bullet strike his left eye.

"It felt like a lump of concrete. I fell to the ground and thought 'I've lost my eye, it's gone.'"

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