December 1, 2018
This is serious business.
They’re still calling these ongoing riots “fuel protests,” lol.
It seems to me that this has now entered the realm of “anti-government riots verging on attempted revolution.”
Police and protesters have clashed in Paris ahead of a third weekend of mass “yellow vest” demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices.
Police fired tear gas while several officers had yellow paint thrown at them. At least 16 people were arrested.
The AP is reporting 63 arrested. Both articles were published at the same time, so I’m just assuming no one at either outlet speaks French.
Thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest at fuel costs and the high cost of living.
President Macron struck a conciliatory tone earlier in the week but said he would not abandon his fuel tax.
He said it was a key part of France’s future energy strategy to combat global warming, but added that he was open to ideas about how the tax could be applied.
But his speech does not appear to have gone far enough in assuaging people of the view that he is out of touch with ordinary people.
Saturday’s clashes began even before the official demonstration started in central Paris, as police locked down the popular tourist avenue of Champs Elysees and searched people as they were going in.
Several shops, banks and cafes had boarded up their windows in anticipation of the protest.
Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters – some wearing face masks – who were trying to tear down the barricades. A number of police officers, wearing protective gear and helmets, were spattered with vivid yellow paint.
Macron is a bizarre lunatic and not a serious person.
He should be freaking the hell out and doing whatever he has to do to get these people off the streets. Instead, he’s allowing this to grow.
He surely has a very large team of international advisors, and I would imagine that there are “higher-ups” in the EU and general globalist establishment who are making most or all of his major decisions.
Maybe those people did not read the The Prince. But I don’t think you have to have read that to know that the longer a popular uprising is allowed to go on, the greater the threat of a catastrophic loss of control by the government.
Hoping that they remain unorganized and then eventually just give up is the worst conceivable way of dealing with this. If Macron cannot make concessions, then he should ban protests. Or they’re going to find a leader and overthrow the government.