Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance

The title of this post is taken from a banner that one of the protestors was holding up in Paris today (it also sort of rhymes in French as it does in English). The ‘5th Act’ (as the demonstrators call it, because this is the fifth weekend of protests) began in a subdued way. At lunchtime it looked like this was going to be a quiet one, but as the afternoon wore on more and more protestors joined in, until there must have been at least ten thousand people on the streets of Paris; this on a godawful wet and cold December day – I’m sure it was great fun to be soaked by a water cannon on such a day. Je salut les gilets jaunes.

There’s a lot I can say here, but I suppose I just want to briefly say that this all gets too Paris-centric: these demonstrations are taking place all over France. This includes my own very rural neck of the woods in south west France, although as yet there’s been no violence from either the police or demonstrators here (the police here are currently turning a blind eye to it). Things are different in other parts of France. The following footage, from today 15th December, comes from Saint-Brieuc, a relatively small place in Brittany, in north west France. Outside of Paris these scenes are being repeated all over France…

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14 Responses to Respect My Existence or Expect My Resistance

  1. freddy says:

    ‘There is a strong feeling of hatred towards Macron’: Experts warn France can expect to see more angry demonstrations as President Macron’s popularity plummets

    You have solidarity with the British Press, they all despise Macron

  2. freddy says:

    Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire admitted that the protests were a “catastrophe” for the country’s economy and businesses.

    So far seven dead during the month of demonstrations.

    Now five victims have died in Strasbourg.

    Where is Macron?

  3. freddy says:

    Rob, surely they can not expect to think that the French Public will believe this twaddle?

    The man, initially arrested on Thursday, is suspected of helping to provide the pistol made at the end of the 19th century used by Cherif Chekatt who shot dead five people and wounded 11 at the market last Tuesday night.

    Chekatt was shot and killed by police after a two-day manhunt in Strasbourg.

    This has shades of the al-Hilli & Sylvan Mollier shootings, where no gun was found but we are expected to believe that a seventy year old gun was used by a solo crazed gunman, who has not been found after six years.

  4. freddy says:

    France to stay in Syria after Trump orders US troops home

    Is this more Macron Madness?

  5. freddy says:

    MACRON CRISIS: EU may NEVER be able to TRUST President again, experts warn
    EMMANUEL Macron’s reputation within the European Union has been seriously damaged by the violent protests engulfing France, which have triggered an “unprecedented political and economic disaster” in the country, experts have warned.

    Rob, you have gone into silent-running mode, is there nothing to report?

    • freddy says:

      A man died in southern France, bringing the total death toll to 10.

      Rob, is it winding down now.

      It has been said that America is pulling out of the Syrian war Zone but France is going to stay and keep the fighting going.

      I would have thought there were plenty of things to sort out in France, other adventures use up public money
      so why squeeze penshioners and the working poor?

  6. freddy says:

    Mr. Macron is Dirty Butter

    he is telling Trump that America is no longer dependable, for quitting Syria.
    Macron says he will continue the war in Syria and make the working poor of France, pay for it.

    • George says:

      This is what Freddy the Fascist, truly wants in France. Pobably elsewhere as well. Right-wing fascist govternment, worse than Macron. What a poser. Slavery, where employees and workers have no rights. They are just chattel-cattle.

      Thousands protest in the now fascist country of Hungary

      Workers and their allies engage in big protests in Hungary against Orban-backed “slavery law” that would let companies pressure employees to work 400 hours of overtime per year & employers wouldn’t have to pay that overtime for 3 years.

      This is what fascists like La Pen and their ilk really want

      • freddy says:

        not sure what you are on about George, I have been a working class, working man all my life, I am not advocating nazi control for any country.
        However I do think Emmanuel Macron has several screws loose.
        France is in chaos, yet the elite cretin wants to go it alone in Syria, probably to sell more war planes made in France or more cement.
        Lafarge charged with complicity in Syria crimes against humanity

        • George says:

          Sorry then. I personally think Macron is rotten. Should be in prison like Obama, the Clintons, the trumps the Bush’s. They are all vampire squid. They have decided to push things to extreme dress up fascism instead, of smiley face proto fascism.

          • freddy says:

            Macron is disjointed from ordinary people.
            He is disjointed from reality if he thinks France is going to take on Russia/Syria/Iran/Turkey/Islamic State/The Kurds
            all on its lonesome.

          • freddy says:

            Syria’s information ministry says the United Arab Emirates will reopen its embassy in Damascus for the first time in seven years.
            The UAE was one of several regional states that backed the groups fighting Assad, though its role was less prominent than that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey, rebel sources have said.

            Syria was expelled from the 22-member Arab League in 2011. Arab countries sanctioned Damascus and condemned its use of military force against the opposition.

            Assad recovers bulk of Syria

            Nearly eight years since the conflict began, Assad has recovered control of most of Syria with critical support from Russia, Iran and Iran-backed groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

            Yet apparently FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron wants to keep FRENCH people on the ground in Syria and to keep pushing for more war?

  7. freddy says:

    In many cases, the rallies spiraled into violent standoffs with police who tried to disperse the crowds with batons, tear gas, pepper spray, watercannon and rubber bullets. The protesters, in turn, pelted police with bottles and Molotov cocktails.

    Overall, more than 4,500 people were detained in connection to the Yellow Vests activities.

    The French police regularly attack the protesters in full riot gear, while doing their best to dispossess them of any means of protection, such as masks, goggles, and gloves, Julien explained.

    There must come a time when the Economy of France becomes in jeopardy?

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