ER Editor: In these bizarre times of lockdown and fearmongering, when people so heavily propagandized are choosing to remain in isolation from others they’ve learned to fear, this small story of renewed Yellow Vest protests takes on a bigger significance.
As our economies tank, as the true extent of unemployment becomes known once the summer is over, their cause will have never been so justified, sad to say.
“We’re here!” (VIDEO) : Yellow jackets still mobilized despite the summer (VIDEO)
Yellow jackets have been mobilized in several cities in France. Despite their small numbers, the demonstrators want to make their voices heard and remind people that the movement still exists.
Social justice, pensions, direct democracy, purchasing power… The demands of the Yellow Vests have not changed, but the ranks of the demonstrators were very sparse in the middle of the summer.
In Paris, several calls to demonstrate had been made, including one from the Place de l’Europe towards the La Défense business district. Several dozen yellow jackets answered the call. “They just give us crumbs,” one protester, Ruptly Béatrice, told Reporters Without Borders, saying she was paid minimum wage and was “forced to work next door to make ends meet.
“We’re here! Even if Macron doesn’t want it, we’re here! To defend the employees, to defend the pensioners, to defend the yellow vests, we’re here,” yellow vests were chanting the same day in Besançon on a roundabout in the city, megaphone in hand, we could see on a live broadcast on Facebook by the local media Média 25. Several dozen demonstrators also marched peacefully in Toulouse, according to La Dépêche du Midi.
About fifty people wearing the famous fluorescent jacket were present on a roundabout in Saint-Just-en-Chaussée (Oise) to prove that they “still exist”, reported Le Courrier Picard.
In Phalsbourg (Lorraine), there were “about sixty” of them who called for the “introduction of a referendum on the citizens’ initiative for a true democracy,” said Le Républicain Lorrain.
Moreover, in the Landes region, about twenty yellow vests from “Mont-de-Marsan and its surroundings” gathered during the week, on 23 July, after “more than five months of absence”, reports France Bleu. “People are happy to see us again, it’s great,” a demonstrator told the regional radio station, happy with the welcome given to motorists.
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