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We also recommend this piece from FreeWest Media titled Thugs destroy monument in Paris during Yellow Vests anniversary. Two notable areas of Paris are mentioned in these reports: Place d’Italie, which is in the south of Paris proper (as opposed to the large area of suburbs encircling Paris called the Ile de France), is one of those large, circular road configurations such as you’d find around the iconic Arc de Triomphe; Les Halles is a huge shopping centre in the middle of Paris (approximately) where you’ll find locals and tourists doing their shopping. Marine Le Pen is probably correct to say that the Black Blocs, the black-clothed protestors doing the violence and property damage, are the ‘useful idiots’ of the government, i.e. put there to create a terrible impression of the Yellow Vests. The famous Champs Elysées, where many previous demonstrations and concomitant damage had taken place, was prohibited as a protest venue.
Yesterday marked the one-year (short of a day) anniversary since the very first Yellow Vest protest took place on Saturday November 17, 2018. They had gone quiet of late, with some in the media optimistically believing that Macron had ‘dealt with them’ successfully. Reports we’ve published, however, showed that they were regrouping, planning new strategies for a second year of action. (See Inside the Yellow Vests: What the Western Media Won’t Report (Part 3))
However, there could be another reason why they don’t need to be occupying the limelight and saving their energies: so many sectors (lawyers, doctors, hospital and emergency workers, police, teachers, students, taxidrivers, etc.) of the French population are now up in arms about Macron’s increasing reforms, such as attacking people’s pensions, merely the latest ‘reform’; even some of France’s socialist(!) mayors are protesting government neglect of their towns. A massive day of protest on December 5th is planned. Macron, known to be a Rothschild puppet and one of their former bankers (pictured with David Rothschild), has been instituting more and more neoliberal reforms since 2016, but enough is getting to be enough, and the Yellow Vests have already shown the way in illustrating that the economic plight of many French people (estimated to be at least 60% of the country) is real. According to TV commentators, the big fear of the government is that all these sectors will unite with the Yellow Vests. At ER, we sincerely hope they do.
Polling results have been making the rounds on rolling news this week. An Elab (polling company) report (see Le mouvement des « gilets jaunes » reste approuvé par 55% des Français) shows that 55% overall still support the Yellow Vests a year on, which is a fairly solid base after a year of protests in which much property was destroyed, businesses disrupted and many protestors injured. Higher levels of support are predictably found among the working class, as opposed to the middle class and senior manager groups, who have a less favourable opinion. 63%, however, said that they don’t want to see the re-mobilisation of the protestors (demonstrations, etc.). Which is probably why we saw a lot of activity by the destructive Black Blocs yesterday – to discredit the movement in view of current public opinion.
As readers are no doubt aware, protests have also been taking place in Argentina, Chile and Lebanon over increasing levels of poverty and neoliberal policies.
Tear gas & bonfires: Scuffles with police as Yellow Vests block roads in Paris ahead of 1st anniversary of protests (VIDEOS)
Clashes broke out at Place d’Italie downtown and near Porte de Champerret on the city’s outskirts.
The protesters have also blocked traffic down the Boulevard Peripherique, the main ring road circling the capital. Riot police were deployed to disperse them.
A total of 41 people were arrested on the streets of Paris, police said.
More than 270 protest events were planned to take place across France over the weekend. Thousands are expected to rally in Paris alone, celebrating a full year since the inception of the Yellow Vest movement last November.
The protesters are determined to show that the movement is “far from being dead” and called for a “grand national mobilization,” according to one group on social media.
Police, meanwhile, beefed up security in the capital. Local media reported that officers are on the lookout for hundreds of “yellow ultras and ultra-left militants.”
The Yellow Vest protests started as a grassroots campaign against government plans to hike fuel taxes. The hikes were scrapped after several weeks of protests but the rallies continued. They grew to encompass other demands, such as better living standards, government accountability, the fight against corruption and for more direct-ballot initiatives. Demonstrators have also demanded the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron.
Some of the Yellow Vest rallies remained peaceful and maintained a cheerful atmosphere. Others have spiraled into fierce clashes with police, widespread riots and vandalism. More than 8,400 protesters were detained, and at least two dozen of them lost their eyesight after being injured by riot gun fire.
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