January 29, 2020
This is metal af.
France has seen continuous protests and riots for almost two years now, thanks to the yellow vest movement. The last wave happened just a few days ago, and saw the violence and tension between protesters and police reach new heights.
However, now we have a separate group protesting: France’s firefighters.
And they appear to be very angry.
I don’t even know what’s going on in these pictures. But it looks intense.
Will the Macron government continue with its present strategy of “beat up all the protesters and keep pretending nothing’s happening”?
French riot police clashed with uniformed firefighters at protests in Paris on Tuesday, in extraordinary scenes where police used batons and shields against crowds of angry fire officers in helmets.
Thousands of firefighters held a demonstration in the French capital, as part of long-running protest movement asking for better pay and conditions, including an increase in their hazard bonus which has not changed since 1990.
Some firefighters set their uniforms alight as a symbolic gesture before colleagues put out the fires. But as a group of fire officers attempted to lead their demonstration into a sidestreet, riot officers pushed them back. Teargas was fired and scuffles broke out.
Being set on fire is part and parcel of being a firefighter.
Videos of the clashes went viral on social media amid growing pressure on the government over French police tactics of crowd control at demonstrations.
A number of recent videos showing what appeared to be unjustified police violence at other demonstrations have sparked outrage on social media. After scores of serious injuries from police weapons during the gilets jaunes anti-government protests last year, and complaints of heavy-handedness at pensions protests, lawyers have begun accusing the French president, Emmanuel Macron, of presiding over the most heavy-handed approach to street demonstrations in France since the protests of May 1968.
Yeah. Cops are just beating up random people in the streets at this point.
Au lieu de restaurer la confiance entre l'État et les citoyens avec des référendums d'initiative citoyenne (#RIC) demandés par une large majorité de Français, l'oligarchie se cramponne au pouvoir et use de violence. Cela entraînera sa chute.#GiletsJaunespic.twitter.com/N06BNE0zFA
— Collectif Carton jaune (@collCartonJaune) January 18, 2020
That is, if they’re not blowing people’s hands and eyes off.
More than 200 alleged abuses related to police handling of the yellow vest protests have been signalled to the General Inspectorate of the National Police watchdog – and the media estimate there have been been dozens of serious injuries among protestors, including lost eyes and at least five severed hands.
For months, the government has held firm, defending police tactics and policy but, as local elections approach this spring, Macron’s tone has begun to change.
The president warned last week that the “unacceptable behaviour” of some officers risked undermining the “credibility and dignity” of the force. But he also denounced the violence of some extremist protesters, who have hurled paving stones and other projectiles at security forces during protests.
Basically, French police have to deal with enormous hordes of hostile brown people who have no regard for the law, and they’re now sandwiched between these violent invaders and the increasingly angry and violent native Whites.
Cops are the only people in France who are still on the side of the government, with everyone else fighting against them.
The French interior minister, Christophe Castaner, this week announced that France would withdraw from use of one particular brand of explosive teargas grenade used by riot police, which has been blamed for injuring numerous protestors. But rights groups and lawyers immediately criticised the government for a “political announcement”, saying that this particular model of grenade had already been discontinued by manufacturers. They said other equivalent grenades would remain in use by French police to the same effect.
The “sting-ball” grenades contain 25g of TNT high-explosive. France is the only European country where crowd-control police use such powerful grenades, which deliver an explosion of small rubber balls that creates a stinging effect as well as launching an additional load of teargas. The grenades create a deafening effect that has been likened to the sound of an aircraft taking off.
Those are the grenades that blew one protester’s hand off.
The weapons that French police are using are quite dangerous and deadly by international standards. We’re talking powerful stun and tear gas grenades, rubber bullet guns that can easily put people’s eyes out, tonfas, and so on. It really appears like the French government doesn’t care about anyone’s opinions, and they’ll just massacre their own people in cold blood to avoid getting the “French revolution” treatment.
The French are known to take their protests very far.
I wonder how that’ll turn out for them.