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Originally posted by PalazioVecchio

so has Macron won ? the singularly most unpopular french head of State for years, and still in post.

I have a hunch why.

 

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Originally posted by PalazioVecchio

The promise of big money to repair Notre Dame has inflamed the yellow vests

So they will be having a whip round to contribute instead will they?

 


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A French colleague explained to me many years ago that the riot police are a separate force from the normal police. They only have one job beating up protestors.

So if you go to a demo and they turn up if you don't want to get hurt you leave. Those that stay know what's coming, I'm not saying that's right just how it is.

 


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Originally posted by becky

So they will be having a whip round to contribute instead will they?

There’s missing the point, and then there’s this.

 

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Originally posted by Badger11

A French colleague explained to me many years ago that the riot police are a separate force from the normal police. They only have one job beating up protestors.

So if you go to a demo and they turn up if you don't want to get hurt you leave. Those that stay know what's coming, I'm not saying that's right just how it is.

There were similar yellow vest protests in Belgium when I was their just before Christmas. They were going around setting off flashbangs and blew up two police vans. Everytime the police got near they stuck up their hands pleading they were peaceful protesters.

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 06 May 19 4.48pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

I have no sympathy for this cause.
Absolutly no one is starving to death
No one is snatched off the street never to be seen again
No one is virtually a slave to the syste.
No one has to search through rubbish dumps to survive.
This was because of a fuel tax rise.
Pathetic.
Same as our poll tax riots.
Pathetic.
Now in certain countries the above are and is happening.
Venezuala
Some african countries
These people need to protest and attempt to rise up.
Why dont the yellow vests go help out over there.
Yes i thought not.

 

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Originally posted by cryrst

I have no sympathy for this cause.
Absolutly no one is starving to death
No one is snatched off the street never to be seen again
No one is virtually a slave to the syste.
No one has to search through rubbish dumps to survive.
This was because of a fuel tax rise.
Pathetic.
Same as our poll tax riots.
Pathetic.
Now in certain countries the above are and is happening.
Venezuala
Some african countries
These people need to protest and attempt to rise up.
Why dont the yellow vests go help out over there.
Yes i thought not.

You are talking about at least two distinct groups here (at least) as I understand it.

1. The original core yellow vest contingent. Mainly native white french people from rural France protesting Macron globalists policies. This was originally sparked by a fuel tax that hit them harder than others (as they have no choice but to pay it - and are generally lower paid) but I think has widened now to more fundamental issues like mass migration. I think these continue to be largely non-violent protesters but it's hard to work out given the lack of coverage (especially from any vaguely neutral source).

2. The black block / Antifa / Anarchists / Communists etc. Basically opportunist left wing terrorists who see this as an opportunity to fight the police and burn or smash anything that doesn't belong to them. Let's face it they are not doing much else on a Saturday (or any other day of the week).

I think the aims and the politics of these people are antithetical but they currently have a common enemy. I am hugely supportive of the first group (like in the rest of the west they are being screwed over) but no respect for the latter.

 

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