Yellow Vest Organizer "Handicapped For Life" By French Riot Police: Lawyer

A 40-year-old French construction worker known for his role in organizing Yellow Vest protests has been "handicapped for life" after he was struck in the eye with a rubber police bullet, his attorney said Sunday. 

"He is in shock. He will be handicapped for life. It is a tragedy for him and his family," said Rodrigues's layer, Philippe de Veulle in an interview with BFM Television.

The bearded Rodrigues, who has become a well-known figure in the "yellow vest" movement with 50,000 followers on Facebook, was live-streaming the protest on the website when he was hit.

De Veulle said Rodrigues was struck with a "flashball", referring to the 40-mm (1.6-inch) rubber projectiles used by French riot police.

The devices -- which are not used in most European countries -- have become deeply controversial in France since the protests began in November, blamed for dozens of serious injuries. -AFP via Yahoo!

Speaking from his hospital bed, Rodrigues told LCI television that he was also hit with a stingball grenade. 

"Everything happened very quickly. They threw a grenade at me and I took a (rubber) bullet. I was attacked twice -- a grenade to the foot, and the bullet."

In a video of the incident, Rodrigues can be heard warning protesters to leave the Bastille due to far-left "black bloc" agitators who had arrived to attack the police.