I’m starting to feel like an extra in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, what with the two big protests in London today by Brexiteers and Remainers; but let me stick with France for the moment. A few days ago l’Humanité (a newspaper closely associated with the French Communist Party) published a piece which featured an interview with an anonymous CRS/riot police officer. This officer said that since the start of the gilets jaunes protests he’s taken sick leave, because he’s sympathetic with the protestors and doesn’t want to have to confront them. The officer said that many of his colleagues feel the same way. During yesterday’s riots in Paris there were nearly 10,000 police on the streets and I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that on a number of occasions police took off their riot helmets and joined the protestors. Of course these protests are taking place all over France. The gilet jaunes are picketing toll booths on the autoroutes, and they’ve been pushing up the barriers and allowing drivers to go through free of charge. The police have largely ignored this. As was shown in places like East Germany and Romania, when law enforcement starts sympathising with protestors it normally means a quick end for the ruling elite.
But this is France in 2018 and what’s happening with the gilet jaunes is totally unprecedented – ie, a popular uprising totally unconnected to political movements. However it all pans out there’s no going back now. Things will never be the same again (governments all around the world will be quaking in their boots when they see what’s going on in France). This is a revolution, but as with all revolutions at some point the political process has to take over from boiling anger on the streets. Talking of which, the 2017 French presidential election was quite a close run race, with just six points separating Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. In the first round Macron got less than 20% of the vote, and in the second round Macron only won the presidency because most of the French voters didn’t want the (then) even worst prospect of Le Pen as president. Now it seems almost certain that Macron is toast and won’t see out his presidency. The French will either go for Mélenchon or Le Pen. It looks like we might, sometime soon, have the rather interesting prospect of a genuine socialist in power in France, and a genuine socialist in power in Britain. With the way it’s all panned out, you really couldn’t make this stuff up. I think I’ve already mentioned that I feel like an extra in A Tale of Two Cities.
Here’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon, speaking the day before this fourth wave of protests. There should be English sub-titles on this video. If the sub-titles don’t appear click on the first little icon on the right of the tool bar.
As is usual in these situations, there’s all kind of rumours flying around at the moment. One thing you can say with almost certainty is that these protests won’t stop until the Macron government is swept from power. It looks like we’re in for a fourth weekend of massive protests. One rumour flying around is that this weekend large numbers of the police are going to go on indefinite strike, and these police are going to join the protestors. If this does happen we’re almost certainly looking at martial law in France. What happens then is anyone’s guess.
The following video is the nearest I can find, with an English translation, that accurately reflects the feeling on the streets of France right now…
This morning the French government announced that it’s suspending the hike in fuel prices. It seems unlikely that this will assuage the boiling anger on the streets, anger that stems from a whole host of other things as well as the rise in fuel prices. Following this morning’s announcement, this afternoon I was down in our nearest village of any size, which is a ten minute drive away and straddles the Vienne river. The village is quite large and the traffic used to be terrible, because the autoroute between Limoges and Angouleme ran right through the centre of it. About five years ago they built a bypass (bliss!). The bypass intersects with a roundabout on the outskirts of the village before continuing on the old road to Angouleme. This roundabout has been picketed by the gilets jaunes for weeks now (remember, this is quite a remote part of France). This afternoon the gilets jaunes completely blocked the roundabout, causing horrendous traffic jams on the autoroute and forcing me to turn around and drive back into the village.
I would say that what’s happening in France at the moment goes beyond the civil unrest of 1968, because the 1968 protests began with the students and later spread to factory workers. The gilets jaunes encompass a much wider range of people and the protests are taking place all over France, even in my quiet neck of the woods. I seem to find myself now living in a country that’s undergoing a revolution. The amazing thing is that thus far only four people have been killed in these protests…
The ‘projectile’ is said to be a rubber bullet, although I can’t confirm that. Apparently it’s all going to kick off big time again this coming weekend. If it does I think I can safely call this a revolution, a revolution that has contained totally surreal moments…
The gilets jaunes are just the latest manifestation of large scale protests and riots that have been going on in France since January 2016 (almost three years ago now), when the plebs started protesting against the proposed new employment laws which had been put forward the previous September by the Hollande government. They were also protesting against the state of emergency which had been introduced after the Paris ‘terror attacks’ in November 2015. The protest against the state of emergency culminated in a general strike on 31st March 2016. The civil unrest has been going on ever since.
The Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe were the main points of protest. To begin with the police only used rubber bullets, but in late afternoon they started using live fire. This apparently resulted in at least three protestors being shot dead and many others being injured.
To repeat, I cannot verify any of this. It’s only what I’ve heard ‘over the wires’.
Addendum: 24 hours after making the above post I still can’t find any verification that the Paris police shot dead protestors with live fire. What might have happened is that the police were using rubber bullets, and deaths might have resulted from this. The French authorities are admitting that at least one person is seriously ill as a result of these rubber bullets:
President Macron has said today, in response to the riots, that he’s thinking of declaring a state of emergency. This is a bit superfluous, since a state of emergency was permanently written into French law in October of last year as a response to all the ‘terror attacks’.
Likewise, here’s a few others (From the UK point of view). Look into their fish-dead cold eyes. These psychos are responsible for the deaths of literally millions of people (including their own people) and are war criminals of the highest order…
Such creatures are utterly repugnant to all people who are still able to retain some sanity in the tidal wave of propaganda (which is mostly ‘death propaganda’, whether at home or more grandly overseas – politically the UK is a vassal state of the USA). Talking of which, here’s how these absolutely vile creatures can mostly get away with their heinous crimes. I’m not picking on the Guardian here – you can say exactly the same thing about the Daily Mail, etc – it’s just that the level of psychopathy with regard to the Guardian has now reached breathtaking levels. Here’s Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, accepting the IAPC Freedom of Speech Award earlier this year. Watch the body language from an editor that’s cheered on every American war with glee, an editor who’s gone all out to destroy a real journalist like Julian Assange (now facing his seventh year of political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in a supposedly free country) an editor who’s taken the corporate dollar to totally destroy a once great newspaper and turn it into a CIA propaganda tool. It’s amazing what people will do for money…
Henry Ford (of the Ford Motor Company) once famously said: “If Americans knew the truth about our banking and monetary system, there would be a revolution before morning.”
Here’s what Henry Ford was talking about: what’s now politely called ‘the deficit’ is basically interest owed on government debt, and it’s tens of billions of dollars or pounds every year, and is just paying the interest on huge loans that can never be paid back.
These loans are given by private banks that are dressed-up as central/government banks, such as the Bank of England and Federal Reserve.
The point here is, any government that can issue it’s own currency does not normally need to take loans from a private bank, and most importantly pay interest on those loans. An independent government with its own currency, and a nationalised central bank, can easily issue loans to itself without interest payments (the deficit).
The reason we’re paying all those tens of billions in interest charges is because it’s the biggest scam in history, and has been going on for more than a 100 years now.
Forgive me for not being too polite at the moment, but I’ve had enough of all this shit, and all those who enable it.
At the risk of sounding like the record’s stuck, Jeremy Corbyn has been a lifelong opponent of the EU project. However, a majority of Labour MPs (mostly Blairite trash) are Remainers, and as leader of the party Corbyn has to reflect this. Much of the Labour Party manifesto under Corbyn goes against all EU law (such as nationalisation of the railways, etc). Ie, Corbyn & Co, whatever you think of them, are the real Brexit in waiting.
Things are incredibly difficult to predict at the moment, but it looks like we’re in for a UK general election in February or March of next year.
I know this is a bit cliche. I’ll have to do a separate post about Blake’s Jerusalem, because it’s a very interesting poem (about the horrors of the Industrial Revolution), and it’s also very relevant to what’s going on in France at the moment (they’re still protesting, folks). Since France is one of the biggest players in the EU, it’s absolutely criminal that the presstitutes in the UK have barely reported the major civil unrest in France over the last 3 years or so.
I predict that Theresa May will replace Guy Fawkes on bonfires in centuries to come, such is her sell out with the ‘Brexit deal’.
And of course I’ll come back to events in France, with Paris on this Sunday morning looking like a war zone (but thankfully no one was killed).
As the smoke rises above Paris, the only question is how long will the people in the UK and USA continue to put up with the same bullshit?
And I’ll add a note here: look at how the so-called ‘alternate media’ have reported events in France over the last week or so. What’s occurred in France is history in the making. But barely a word from the ‘alternate media’, because most of them are now controlled opposition.
Those jolly psychopaths in MI5 and GCHQ must be laughing their heads off.
When you look at the likes of the Guardian, who originally tried to explain the protestors in France as ‘right wing extremists’ you can only weep. The media in the West is now almost completely controlled by a bunch of psychos and loons in the CIA, and other associated agencies.
Watch the BBC and SKY and all the rest of them if you don’t believe me.
It’s a bit like being in a lunatic asylum, and here’s why:
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have torn-up their agreement to keep the Conservative party in power…
The Conservative government under Theresa May no longer has a majority in the House of Commons – and as such can no longer negotiate any deals with the EU.
There are now two things that can happen, if we’re still pretending that Britain is a democracy: the Queen will ask the opposition party to try and form a government – unlikely because the opposition consists of Corbyn & Co – or else there will have to be a general election, probably in February or March of 2019.
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.
Last weekend has seen two big protests. In London the Extinction Rebellion (read their web site and weep) blockaded bridges across the Thames as a protest against climate change and the use of fossile fuels. The Extinction Rebellion are mostly a bunch of useful idiots who are completely controlled by the likes of MI5. The term is ‘controlled opposition’ and it’s used to direct and control public anger. The usurping of the Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter, Antifa and all the rest fall into a similar category. None of it is real, folks.
In France this weekend we had big protests by the gilet jaunes (the yellow jackets) who were protesting against a massive 30% hike in fuel prices. The totally hated President Macron (he gets loudly booed whenever he appears in public) apparently introduced the fuel hike in order to reduce carbon emissions and to to encourage clean energy. Do you see how this sedgeways into the London protest, which took place at the same time? The difference is, the protests in France were real, whereas the London protest was utterly contrived by the security services.
In a similar vein, CJ Hopkins has published a very good piece today on Off-Guardian, called The Hitlergate Hearings. The sarcasm and irony in the piece is just wonderful and in my humble opinion really captures where we’re at right now. The only part of Hopkins’ piece that I disagree with (and I may have missed something here) is when he says:
The goal of the “Resistance” is to make it unmistakeably clear who is really running things, and what happens to annoying billionaire ass clowns who get elected president without their permission, and to the ignorant rabble who elect such ass clowns…
I did give Trump the benefit of the doubt when he first became President; however, as the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words: everything President Trump has done is advancing the neo-con agenda, an agenda that was started big-time by President Clinton and has been ramped-up by every President ever since. Ie, Trump is completely contrived.