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Yellow vest protests: Violence returns to streets of Paris

Discussion in 'The NF Café' started by Saishin, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    Demonstrators have smashed and looted shops in Paris in a resurgence of the gilets jaunes ("yellow vest") protests that started four months ago in France.

    Rioters torched a luxury handbag store and vandalised an upscale restaurant on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue.

    Police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the protesters. More than 120 people were arrested.

    The protests began over fuel tax rises but have since developed into a broader revolt against perceived elitism.

    Police say about 10,000 people took part in Saturday's protest in the French capital, a marked increase compared with similar demonstrations in recent weeks.

    Some 32,300 in total took to the streets throughout France, according to the Interior Ministry.

    However, police said 36,000 people took part peacefully in a separate march against climate change in another part of Paris.

    What's the latest from Paris?
    Protesters threw cobblestones at police at the Arc de Triomphe war memorial.

    As well as a surge in numbers on Saturday, there was a return to the levels of violence that characterised the early protests.

    How did French politicians react?
    Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that more than 1,400 police officers had been mobilised.

    Mr Castaner said he had given police an order to respond to the "unacceptable attacks with the greatest firmness".

    Writing on Twitter, he said: "Let there be no doubt: they are looking for violence and are there to sow chaos in Paris."

    By mid-afternoon, 129 people were arrested, AFP reports.

    In January, the government ordered police to crack down on violence in the protests, leading to complaints of police brutality.

    President Macron's 'grand debate'
    President Emmanuel Macron offered concessions to the protesters after the movement swept the nation - including €10bn (£8.5bn; $11bn) designed to boost the incomes of the poorest workers and pensioners - but they failed to quell the discontent.

    For the past month, Mr Macron has toured France, listening to local mayors and citizens as part of his "grand débat" - a big national debate.

    He has also asked communities to come together and put forward their ideas for how to fix France, and there have so far been 8,253 local meetings.

    The yellow vest movement has faced accusations of anti-Semitism in recent weeks after a prominent Jewish philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut, was targeted by insults and taunts in Paris.

    Officers in Paris intervened to form a barrier after a group of individuals involved in the march confronted Mr Finkielkraut and started verbally insulting him.

    The 69-year-old academic told Le Parisien newspaper that he heard people shouting "dirty Zionist" and "throw yourself in the canal".

    A few days before Mr Finkielkraut was attacked, official data suggested there had been a 74% rise in anti-Semitic attacks in France last year.







     
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  2. MrGayNight Well-Known Member

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    They're still protesting?
     
  3. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    Yup and yesterday was pretty violent,they destroyed shops and everything
     
  4. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    The black blocks are the one behind the violence. There are the allies of the government to demonised the Gilets jaunes. That's the reality. Why this organisation is still allowed? Why the police doesn't arrest them?
     
  5. Saishin Hajimemashite

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  6. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    You mean the black blocks work along with the government?
     
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    They know the government will let them destroy everything. The violence are against the interests of the Gilets jaunes. We never see the police attack the black blocks. Only the real gilets jaunes.
     
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  8. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    Damn if this is the true we are seeing a government complicit with the destruction of Paris
     
  10. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    Macron just need to accept the RIC and a fair one, to stop the protest. People want more democracy.
     
  11. wibisana still newbie

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    We need altilery to shot those people
    /s
     
  12. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    Inb4 storming the Elysee

     
  13. Alwaysmind 总是心神

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    There’s a twitter account called Yellow Vest Canada Exposed that shows real people and a few trolls posting inflammatory comments, including promoting vandalism, being posted on Yellow Vest pages.
     
  14. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    The "yellow vest" in Canada is motivated by other issues that are different from the reason the Gilets jaunes protests in France. I don't deny that immigration is a part of the motivation but it's not the Gilets jaunes main problem.
     
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    ♪ ♪ Paris roads
    Take me uptown
    So I can burn it all
    To the ground ♪ ♪

    This is why welfare states you can't afford are bad, kids.
     
  16. DarkTorrent Well-Known Member

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    Ah yes

    The false flag defence

    How predictable
     
  17. RavenSupreme Well-Known Member

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    Some time ago you at least tried when you attempted to troll. Now you are just a poor mans IchLebe or that one dude which got banned whose name I forgot.

    On topic:

    Jail all of them responsible. Crackdown on these traitors.
     
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    When a movement represents 60% of the population. who is the traitors and who are the patriots?
     
  19. wibisana still newbie

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    Wasnt this all started because Macron tried to increase fuel tax?
    I mean if he was succeded, French would buy more tesla and you become richer since you have stocks in the company.


    You have been cheering wrong side
     
  20. CrownedEagle Knight of Erza

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    it's time for this movement to cease, democracy on the street has its limits. Yellow vest doesn't even know why they've been manifesting since Macron gave them what they wanted.
     
  21. Unlosing Ranger Praise be to he

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    Heard whispers of Macron wanting to permanently ban people that used hatespeech on the internet if they've been jailed.
    How true is that?
     
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    I'm not actually cheering either side. Macron is right that France can no longer be a welfare state. The Gilets are right that more taxes and eliminating gasoline isn't the answer.
     
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    The general ideas of this movement has long since vanished. Seeing how fewer and fewer people join its no wonder the remaining traitors resort to more and more violence to not get forgotten as irrelevant as they truly are.

    Sort of like the German "Pegida". I recall how many people cherished them and claimed this is the will of the population. I dont even know if they are still around anymore.

    Loud minorities burn a straw-fire (yes, even some months protest are still a straw fire) and then get lost, being nothing more than an anecdote in history.

    Still interesting to see their desperate struggle become violent and crazy tho.
     
  24. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    I disagree. This protest must continue but for one single thing. Give the possibility for the population to have a power on the decision taken in their name. The RIC, with conditions of course, would be a great opportunity to put more democracy in this country. If they get that, they will no more have reason to protest.
    Macron launched a great national debate in order to find solution. This debate will end today if I'm not wrong. I'm curious about the result because it could have an impact on the movement.
     
  25. MrGayNight Well-Known Member

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    I read it before but forgot about it, can you explain what is the "RIC"?
     
  26. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    You clearly follow what the media tell you to believe. Yes this weekend there violence in Paris, in the Champs Elysées particularly but when the media focus their attention on this avenue because of the spectacular images of fire, they don't report the protest in the rest of the country where nothing happened.
    Something must change in this country.
     
  27. Le Male Absolu Well-Known Member

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    RIC in French for Referendum d'initiative citoyenne (Citizen's initiative referendum). I support that because it can be an healthier way for the population to take the control on some decision took in their name by the government. Our modern democracy are way too much influenced by lobbies and can take decision against the public interest. It's just one example but there are many situations where the RIC could be useful.
     
  28. MrGayNight Well-Known Member

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    I don't support the constitutional referendum part of it, but I would enjoy if democracies around the world became more accepting of giving the people the ability to repeal legislation by popular vote.
     
  29. Alita54 Alita>You

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    Damn this still going on? :skully

    The French don't fuck around when they protest. I wish more Americans were like this.
     
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    Are you sure about that?
     
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