Because of the high prices on fuel people in rural areas in France started protests by blocking roundabouts and toll booths. They wear the yellow vests that every person must have in their car as their symbol. The French people in rural areas heavily rely on diesel to get around. You pay more taxes buying a liter diesel than you pay money to actually getting that liter of diesel.
Now the people of France are no longer just protesting in rural areas, after two weeks protesting the protests have reached the capital, Paris, even Wallonia and Brussels, the capital of Belgium has been reached by the protesters.
The first week of protesting was relatively peaceful, but the second week of protest is now violent. Firebombs, tear gas and even some people died.
state of emergency
Macron the president of France has come called for an emergency meeting and considers to impose a state of emergency on the country. This is extremely unusual for a country like France where small protests occur on a weekly basis. Literally all over the country some angry people are protesting in the streets every week, yet calling for a state of emergency due to protest by the people never happens. The French are a belligerent and restless people, even in peace time.
Police show solidarity
The spokesperson from the police union is saying that police officers are buying plates for their bullet proof vests themselves as they are poorly equipped to deal with the erupting chaos in the nation. They have ran out of ammunition. The police keeps shooting tear gas canisters but the people keep kicking them back. Many police officers have actually disobeyed orders and show solidarity with the people. By doing so they commit treason against the president. It is clear at this point this is not a normal protest action.
Macron says he will impose a #StateofEmergency against the #gilletJaunes. The firefighters turned their backs. Now the police remove their helmets to show solidarity with the French people AGAINST Macron.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) December 2, 2018
Vive la révolution. Macron démission.
Police are poorly equipped.
Écouter #BenoitBarret - Syndicat Alliance Police— Adrenaline ✞ 🇫🇷 (@adrenaline1001) December 2, 2018
Les collègues sont usés
💥"ils doivent eux mêmes acheter leur matériel. Ils n’ont plus de balles."
📣Le coup de gueule d'un policier au point de la rupture après les violences à Parispic.twitter.com/BJ58eAFLY5
Communists have dreamt of such a nationwide protest since the failed Communist revolution of 1968. Because the yellow jackets their symbol is so readily available, infiltrators were able to infiltrate the movement rather quickly. Communists are angry that they have not been able to mobilize the people of France and get them under their control to start a Communist take over so now they are attempting to subvert the protests. Communist protesters are easily identified however, they wear face coverings, while the real yellow vest protesters are showing their face openly. Most protesters have remained peaceful.
The protesters have indeed used violence, but they have taken care not to attack the working class. The violence they use is targeted against the establishment. Usually in riots stores are looted and trashed, while in this protest no such thing happened. The Communist infiltrators are the ones seeking brawls with the police. While the police is largely supportive of the protesters, everyone wearing a head cover is getting beaten sh*t out of.
Spread across Europe
“We want this movement to spread,”
“It began in France, it is here now, and we want it to continue to Germany and the Netherlands, across Europe, even to England.” The campaign seems not to stop, the campaign is going on. It remains a question what bad weather will bring to the movement, will it survive or not? What about the movement's standpoints? They want Macron to step down and affordable lives for their people.
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A good take, explains about the protest in an informative way.
There's protests in Bulgaria against the rise in fuel prices as well. Motorways are being blocked, not much trouble, a bit of pushing and shoving between protesters and police.
The French know how to protest. I admire them for it. Unlike the Irish (i'm Irish) who bent over and took whatever the EU and their own corrupt politicians imposed on them up the arse without grease. They are still taking it. A few French style protests would have stopped the Irish government in its tracks.
I fully support the protest and the protesters. I wouldn't worry to much about the communists trying to take over or orchestrate things. They are a powerful group, but command no allegiance.
Europe, the EU, has lost all sight of what it was set up as and for. It has morphed into an exclusive bankers club that controls the EU parliament. No one elected bankers. To many European political parties and leaders have bought into neoliberal capitalism, the balance sheet economics. A system that sees people as no more than cash cows for governments and corporations. The last economic crisis in Europe was deliberately engineered. It overseen the biggest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. It's time politicians and government worked for those that put them there. Or else.
Thanks for MHO!
Well, Macron was a banker so no surprise that our country is being milked dry right now.