Yellow Vests: The undercover cop scandal that the Macron regime tries to cover up | The Vineyard of the Saker


08-07-19 08:45:00,

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

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During the near 8 months (at the time of writing) that the French Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) have been demonstrating nationwide I have written two articles (part 1 is here, part 2 is here) based on my own primary research that aimed to offer an insight into what is actually going on, since the mainstream, neoliberal media is either deliberately boycotting the topic or mentions it very briefly and in a heavily biased (pro-Macron) way. Part 3 in this series is on the way – I will publish it after July 14th (Bastille Day), but in this article I want to talk about a serious incident that happened during Act 34 (July 6th) in Paris – an incident that, of course, the French government and Brussels will try to hush up as much as possible.

Let’s start the timeline at 18:00 in the evening. The Yellow Vests have just completed their 9km – from Place de la République to Place de Catalogne -sanctioned demonstration (my videos and photos can be found here). They then travel by metro back to Place de la République (hereon in – PdlR) for a sanctioned evening gathering. At this time some feminist protest is already ongoing, and CRS (Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité) start to become nervous that the arriving Yellow Vests, being the “terrorists” that the mainstream media portrays them to be, might disrupt proceedings.

There is another reason why CRS are nervous: it should be noted that the few yellow vests that can be seen in the video above have nothing to do with the actual Yellow Vests movement. They, in fact, are the groupies of a Macron collaborator named Sophie Tissier, who deliberately registers a “Gilets Jaunes” protest with the police prefecture for every Saturday for the purpose of dividing the movement and preventing the formation of one large column. She espouses liberal values (as can be seen in the video above; she is the shaven-headed woman holding a sign saying “Anti-patriarchy”) and as a result is booed and jeered by the actual Yellow Vests every time she’s spotted. Thankfully, her joke gatherings now only attract 20 naïve individuals at most.

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Yellow Vests ‘Act 30’: Tensions & tear gas fly high in southern France (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)


08-06-19 06:07:00,

France’s Yellow Vests took to the streets to protest government policies for the 30th weekend in a row. Tensions were particularly high in Montpellier, where clashes between demonstrators and police erupted.

Some 2,000 protesters gathered in the southern French city, considered to be one of the main strongholds of the whole Yellow Vests movement, according to police figures. The demonstration promptly escalated into clashes with police, at least 6 people were reportedly detained.

Police said the protesters pelted them with various projectiles. Law enforcement responded with tear gas that engulfed the narrow streets of the city’s center.

Police officers were present at the scene in large numbers – and backed up by truck-mounted water cannons.

Some officers were also spotted wielding hand-held fire hoses, dousing the protesters with water.

Several people have been injured during the clashes, footage from the scene indicates.

Some rowdy protesters have set dumpsters on fire, trying to erect barricades, as well as damaged several ATMs and other property.

According to official figures, some 3,700 protesters, including 1,100 in Paris, took to the streets on Saturday across France. Given the fact that at least 2,000 gathered in Montpellier alone, such numbers are likely subject to an update.

READ MORE: March of the mutilated: Injured Yellow Vests protest police brutality in Paris (VIDEO)

Clashes between the Yellow Vests and law enforcement have also been registered in the commune of Drancy, located in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris. The protesters tried to erect a barricade in a street, but it was promptly swarmed and dismantled by riot police, footage from the scene shows.

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The Yellow Vests of France: Six Months of Struggle


21-05-19 09:28:00,

I am writing you from Montpellier, France, where I am a participant-observer in the Yellow Vest movement, which is still going strong after six months, despite a dearth of information in the international media.

But why should you take the time to learn more about the Yellow Vests?  The answer is that France has for more than two centuries been the classic model for social innovation, and this unique, original social movement has enormous international significance. The Yellow Vests have already succeeded in shattering the capitalist myth of “representative democracy” in the age of neo-liberalism. Their uprising has unmasked the lies and violence of republican government, as well as the duplicity of representative institutions like political parties, bureaucratic unions and the mainstream media.

Moreover, the Yellow Vests represent the first time in history that a spontaneous, self-organized social movement has ever held out for half a year in spite of repression while retaining its autonomy, resisting cooptation, bureaucratization and sectarian splits. All the while, standing up to full-scale government repression and targeted propaganda, it poses a real, human alternative to the dehumanization of society under the rule of the capitalist “market.”

Six months ago on Nov. 17, 2018, Yellow Vests burst literally “out of nowhere,” with autonomous local units springing up all over France like mushrooms, demonstrating on traffic circles (roundabouts) and toll-gates, marching every Saturday in cities, including Paris. But unlike all previous revolts, it was not Paris-centered. The humid November soil from which these mushrooms sprouted was the near-universal frustration of French people at the abject failure of the CGT and other unions to effectively oppose Macron’s steam-roller imposition last Spring of his historic Thatcherite “reforms”: an inflexible neo-liberal program of cutting benefits, workplace rights, and privatizing or cutting public services, while eliminating the so-called Wealth Tax designed to benefit the poor.

The immediate cause of this spontaneous mass rising was to protest an unfair tax on fuel  (fiscal justice) but the Yellow Vests’ demands quickly expanded to include restoration of public services (transport, hospitals, schools); higher wages, retirement benefits, healthcare for the poor, peasant agriculture, media free of billionaire and government control, and, most remarkably, participatory democracy. Despite their disruptive tactics, the Yellow Vests were from the beginning wildly popular with average French people (73% approval),

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Yellow Vests mobilize for another weekend of protests, the 25th-in-a-row


04-05-19 08:54:00,

Three days after clashing with police at May Day demonstrations, Yellow Vests protesters marched in Paris and across France, in the 25th straight weekend of anti-government anger.

According to the Interior Ministry, 18,900 demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday, the lowest turnout since the movement began as a protest against a planned fuel tax hike in November. However, the Yellow Vests have regularly disputed the figures released by the ministry, accusing officials of downplaying the scale of the protests.

In Paris, protesters demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Castaner had accused Yellow Vests protesters of staging an “attack” on a hospital in the city during Wednesday’s May Day protests. Social media footage told a different story, with the protesters seeking refuge in the hospital to avoid police batons and tear gas.

Droves of protesters beat drums and chanted “Liar Castaner.”

Protesters in Toulouse also jeered at Castaner and demanded his resignation. The march in Toulouse quickly became violent, however, and clashes broke out between the Yellow Vests and police. Tear gas was deployed, and riot police at one point violently charged protesters.

Tear gas was also used by police in La Roche-sur-Yon, while protesters in Lyon joined a more peaceful youth march against global warming.

EN DIRECT 🔴 de l’ #ActeXXV pour la convergence sociale et climatique. L’ambiance bat son plein, le cortège vient de partir ! 😍💚
Il n’est pas trop tard pour nous rejoindre !
“Pour que notre planète bleue reste verte, il faut y ajouter du jaune” ! 💚💛

— Youth for Climate Lyon (@YouthfClimateLY) May 4, 2019

Although turnout on the streets was lower than on previous weekends, many Yellow Vests have not been pacified by President Macron’s promise of tax breaks, with one dismissing the president’s offering as “rubbish” last week.

In the wake of Castaner’s hospital “attack” claim, 1,400 French artists, celebrities and creatives –including movie stars Juliette Binoche and Emmanuelle Beart– signed an open letter of support for the Yellow Vests, printed in left-wing newspaper Libération on Saturday. In it, they slammed the French government and media for attempting to “discredit” the “citizens’ movement.”

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Yellow Vests Take Bus To London To Protest Assange Extradition Hearing


02-05-19 05:32:00,

French protesters, many donning yellow vests, took a bus across the English Channel to protest outside of Julian Assange’s Thursday extradition hearing in London, according to Bloomberg

Arriving just one day after chaotic May Day clashes with Paris police, the protesters highlighted the growing movement of activists who voicing concern as UK courts gear up to consider a US extradition request for the WikiLeaks founder. 

“We came here to show support because Assange represents

part of the information revolution,” said 39-year-old French protester Alice Eff, who said she arrived on an 80-seat bus with other Assange supporters. 

WikiLeaks’ release of hundreds of thousands of classified

cables, and war logs from Afghanistan and Iraq had struck a

chord with the movement, she said outside Westminster

Magistrates Court, though there was no formal connection with

the WikiLeaks organization.

American authorities are pursuing extradition so Assange

can face trial on accusations that he conspired with ex-Army

analyst Chelsea Manning to illegally download classified

government material. Eff said she was concerned that the

existing U.S. charge against Assange could be further broadened. –Bloomberg

There is also a support truck going round the block and driving past the court #Assange #JulianAssange

— Bruce Thain (@TheBruceThain) May 2, 2019

“We are protesting in France in order to have more democracy and to have more transparency from the government. And that’s what Julian Assange has been fighting for,” one yellow vest protester named Vincent told Sputnik News. “So for us it was obvious to come here and to support him to, just tell him that he is not alone, that there are like hundred thousands of people in France at least and I guess all [over] the world, probably millions, that consider him as a hero for doing what he has done, to sacrifice his own life and his own freedom in order to put out in the public confidential information that… yeah, release critical information that is important for the public to know.” 

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Yellow Vests mutilated by ‘sublethal’ police weapons form their own association, plan anti-brutality


29-04-19 03:49:00,

Yellow Vest protesters who have suffered life-changing injuries at the hands of French police have launched their own association, promising fresh actions against police brutality.

Called “the mutilated for the edification of others,” the collective aims to accurately calculate the number of people who have been injured nationally by police during Yellow Vest protests. It also called for an end to the use of the non-lethal weapons deployed by French police — namely tear gas canisters and Flash Balls — and a large national demonstration is scheduled in Paris on May 26.

Among those attending was Jerome Rodrigues, a prominent Yellow Vest leader who was hit in the eye with a gas canister during a demonstration in January. “You have 19 people in front of you and you have only 26 eyes that look back,” he told the press conference. “Count, there is a small problem,” he added.

“We demand the truth, justice and the ban on so-called sublethal weapons,” said Robin Pages, another activist. He accused French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner of “lying” when the he suggested that only “10 people have been hit in the head by LBD [Flash Ball] shots.”

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According to statistics gathered by the activist group Desarmons-les (“Disarm Them”), at least 154 people have been seriously injured by police use of non-lethal weapons during protests. Of that number, 22 people have lost the use of an eye due to Flash Balls. A further five have had their hands torn off by gas canisters.

The growing list of casualties has done little to prevent police use of non-lethal weapons, who fired gas at hundreds of protesters in order to prevent them from gathering at the EU Parliament building in Strasbourg on Saturday.

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Now in entering its 25th week, the movement has morphed from one protesting a planned fuel tax hike into a wider campaign against austerity and the pro-business policies of the French government. 

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Yellow Vests take to the streets in rejection of Macron’s ‘rubbish’ olive branch (PHOTO, VIDEO)


27-04-19 08:17:00,

Unrelenting Yellow Vest activists have marched in Paris and other French cities for the 24th straight weekend, just days after Emmanuel Macron tried to placate the protest movement with promises of lower taxes.

The demonstrators who assembled in Paris, Toulouse and Strasbourg on Saturday appear to signal that despite the French president’s recent concessions to the group, the Yellow Vest movement is alive and well.

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Oh Thursday, Macron held the first major press conference of his two-year presidency, in which he announced that he wanted to implement “significant” income tax cuts. The televised conference, however, was not well received among those who have turned out week after week to demonstrate against Macron’s business-friendly austerity measures.

AFP, after interviewing a dozen Yellow Vests in the south of France about their opinion of the press conference, reported that activists thought Macron’s olive branch was “rubbish.”

Jérémy Clément, regularly cited as a spokesperson for the movement, told the news agency that “the President has understood our claims, but he hasn’t provided the answers to them.”

The Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) protests began last November as a rally against a proposed gas tax. Now an international movement, French Yellow Vest activists have assembled for 24 Saturdays in a row as of this week. Some demonstrations have led to violent clashes with police, resulting in serious injuries.

Macron has already offered €10 billion ($11.1bn) in tax cuts and income subsidies for the working poor and pensioners, back in December, but the pledge did not slow down the burgeoning protest movement.

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Yellow Vests Ignore Macron’s ‘Olive Branch’ As Protests Resume Across France


27-04-19 07:47:00,

Yellow Vest activists completely ignored French President Emmanuel Macron’s ‘olive branch’ of compromises – taking to the streets of Paris and other French cities for the 25th straight weekend of protests, albeit in much smaller numbers than in previous weeks. 

Meanwhile, in France…..

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 27, 2019

Tear gas was fired at protesters who attempted to march toward the European Parliament building in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

— LCI (@LCI) April 27, 2019

Around two thousand protesters had gathered near the seat of European Union institutions in Strasbourg, where organizers had planned make the protest international by symbolically marching to the parliament building, a month ahead of EU-wide parliamentary elections. –Reuters

French police clash with #YellowVest protesters in Strasbourg

— ST Foreign Desk (@STForeignDesk) April 27, 2019

In Paris, meanwhile, a joint demonstration with the hard-left trade union confederation CGT was mostly calm. 

— For The People (@FTPmedia1) April 27, 2019

On Thursday, Macron held a major press conference where he vowed to implement “significant” income tax cuts and other measures in an effort to “reboot his presidency” as FT described it. In December, he offered €10 billion ($11.1bn) in subsidies and tax cuts for the working poor and pensioners – which did absolutely nothing to quell the movement. 

And despite offering new tax cuts worth around 5 billion euros ($5.58 billion), Macron’s televised conference didn’t go over well either – with a dozen Yellow Vests interviewed by AFP in the South of France calling it “rubbish.” 

Yellow Vest spokesman Jérémy Clément told AFP that “the President has understood our claims, but he hasn’t provided the answers to them.”

The protests began in November over a climate-change-linked gas tax, however it quickly morphed into a general protest against the French government. 

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Yellow vests return to streets of paris enraged by billions donated to rebuild notre dame | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


22-04-19 08:59:00,

Julia Conley, Common Dreams
Waking Times

The contrast between the French government’s and upper class’s response to Monday’s fire at Notre Dame and ongoing inaction to combat income inequality, was a primary driver of mass protests in Paris on Saturday.

The Gilets Jaunes, or Yellow Vests, staged their first major protest since large portions of the historic cathedral burned, apparently due to an electrical short-circuit, to call attention to the €1 billion ($1.1 billion) that the country’s richest families have donated to help rebuild the church, months after the yellow vest movement began demonstrating against income inequality.

Yellow vest protesters move out from Bercy in Paris on one of 2 authorised marches. Police very much in evidence on what authorities fear could degenerate badly over the day. #f24 #GiletsJaunes

— Luke Shrago (@LukeShrago) April 20, 2019

France 24 noted that many members of the Yellow Vest movement—which began in rural areas last fall when many struggling French people demonstrated against high fuel costs and President Emanuel Macron’s generous tax cuts for the rich, and has since gathered support from a number of ideological groups—mourned earlier this week along with the rest of the country as news of the heavily damaged 674-year-old church spread.

“Some of the activists said they cried in front of their TV sets as they watched the Gothic architectural masterpiece being consumed by flames Monday night and some even made small donations for the restoration of the iconic building, despite their struggles to make ends meet,” reported the outlet.

But grief turned to anger for many, Levavasseur said, as the Yellow Vests watched donations pour in and Macron call for the church to be repaired within five years, exacerbating the perception of many that he is a “president for the rich.”

“What happened at Notre-Dame is obviously a deplorable tragedy. But nobody died,” Levavasseur told France 24. “I’ve heard someone speaking of national mourning. Are they out of their minds?”

One sign at Saturday’s demonstration read, “Victor Hugo thanks all the generous donors ready to save Notre Dame and proposes that they do the same thing with Les Miserables,” referring to Hugo’s classic novels about the cathedral and the struggles of impoverished people in France.

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Yellow Vests Rage Again; Spreads To Libya; 137 Arrested


20-04-19 08:35:00,

More clashes broke out on Saturday between Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protesters and French riot police during the 23rd straight week of protests across France. Police had arrested 137 protesters by 15:40 CEST (3:40 PM local time), according to Euro News.

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Authorities warned that they expected the protests to be more violent following the catastrophic fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday. Some demonstrators took issue with the approximately 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) pledged so far to restore the landmark by some of the country’s wealthiest families, including the owners of luxury groups LVMH and Kering, the Bettencourt family behind the L’Oreal beauty empire, and scores of companies such as BNP, Total, Société Générale and Sanofi, according to Euro News. 

Several demonstrators clearly alluded to the catastrophic fire at Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday, which prompted an outpouring of national sorrow and a rush by rich families and corporations to pledge around 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) for its reconstruction.

“Millions for Notre-Dame, what about for us, the poor?” read a sign worn by a demonstrator. “Everything for Notre-Dame, nothing for the miserables,” read another sign that evoked Victor Hugo’s well-known novel. –Reuters

— EHA News (@eha_news) April 20, 2019

🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷#ActeXXIII #20Avril2019 #20avril #ultimatum2 #ActeXXIII #Acte23🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

— Deutsch365 (@deutsch365) April 20, 2019

The police siad that “violent groups have formed in the procession,” and asked that nonviolent Yellow Vests “disassociate yourself from these groups, let law enforcement and emergency services intervene.”

If this footage was from Russia, Syria, or Venezuela, rather than #France today, it would be televised incessantly all across our mainstream media. #YellowVests #GiletsJaunes

— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 20, 2019

Talking to reporters on Friday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, said that intelligence services expected rioters to take to the streets in several cities including Toulouse,

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Yellow Vests get 1st game-changing win: A vote to stop denationalisation of airports | The Vineyard of the Saker


12-04-19 06:47:00,

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog

You never read the word “denationalisation” in Western media anymore, only “privatisation”.

That makes sense… “denationalisation” is so obviously negative; it’s lack of patriotism and concern for the public welfare isn’t being covered up.

The New York Times seemed to stop using the word around the mid-1980s – which makes sense, because that’s when the propaganda of neoliberalism fully took hold. In 2019, a generation later, journalists don’t even question that “privatisation” is a bad thing: for them “nationalisation” is probably a pejorative term, smacking of “nationalism”, which has become essentially synonymous with “racism” in the Western vocabulary.

But “denationalisation” is totally accurate: the selling off businesses which were undoubtedly paid for by the People of the nation, and then operated for the good of the nation.

We cannot say that all neoliberals hate their nation – being “anti-nation” is the ideology of globalists, a subset of neoliberalism. We can say that neoliberals hate “the state”, and the distinction is important.

Listen to the talk radio in the United States and you invariably find Protestant religious radio, and they love to equate “the Beast” of the Bible with the federal government; this satisfies both neoliberal and libertarian listeners. This explains why neoliberals push “privatisation”. When they discover that the 1% to whom the denationalisation was made was to foreign 1%ers… they might get upset at that – they won’t if they are globalisation neoliberals.

Accurate political-economic terminology aside, the Yellow Vests can now tell everyone, “Ta gueule!” (shut your face)

They undoubtedly won their first real victory against Emmanuel Macron this week, as opposition parliamentarians surprisingly banded together to vote in favor of holding a referendum on the sell-off of all three airports in the Paris area. Swiss-style RICs – citizens’ initiative referendums – is the primary democratic-structural demand of the Vesters; the fact that one might now take place is undoubtedly due to their agitation.

A begrudging French media, which hates the Yellow Vests for daring to question the agenda leadership of the 4th estate, of course did not celebrate what is an obvious victory for everyone living on French soil or just flying through Paris.

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Yellow Vests: Realisation | The Vineyard of the Saker


11-04-19 06:09:00,

It is preposterous to believe that a system which destroys nationhood, statehood and the natural right to have a decent living in exchange of dignified work can be maintained by sheer power of the few and their political puppets.

The economics of neoliberalism is a Ponzi scheme which ends in massive unpayable debt and civil or international wars.

We are at the very end of this infamous chapter of history and people are becoming inmune to the massive and poisonous propaganda from the hegemonic media, their lies and their criminal manipulations.

I am 69 and I have seen a lot, but when I see the gilets jaunes on the streets every Saturday, I feel young because there is hope for humanity.

In a nondistant future our corrupted politicians, instead of having a short ski holiday in the Alps, will be rewarded with a very very long vacation to count trees in Siberia.

El pueblo unido, jamás sera vencido.

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Yellow Vests flood streets of France for 20th weekend in a row (WATCH LIVE)


30-03-19 04:53:00,

Thousands of protesters are rallying across France as Yellow Vest demonstrations show no sign of abating on their 20th week despite authorities banning many locations. A heavy police presence can be seen throughout the country.

In Paris, protesters gathered in two locations, forming a joint column. The Yellow Vests are now marching towards Trocadéro square.

The march has been largely incident free so far, yet a thick plume of smoke was observed a couple of times near the demonstrators. It was not immediately clear, however, if it was tear gas or not. 

At least 32 people have been detained in Paris, according to official figures from the city’s police.

Minor clashes between riot police and the Yellow Vests occurred in the city of Avignon, where protesters were allowed to demonstrate only in one location. Following the brief scuffles, the protest continued peacefully.

In Bordeaux, a group of vandals attacked a bank, smashing its windows with iron bars while thousands marched peacefully through the streets of the city.

The situation in Bordeaux remains tense, with police firing tear gas at protesters in volleys.

The protesters are also seeking to show solidarity with Genevieve Legay, a 73-year-old anti-globalization activist, injured in Nice last weekend. “We are all Genevieve!” an online appeal for the protests reads.

Legay was one of those who braved a blanket ban on protests in Nice and got pushed down by a police officer, receiving a head injury, according to the city’s prosecutor.

While the injury caused outrage by itself, French President Emmanuel Macron managed to add insult to it when earlier this week he squarely blamed Legay for the incident.

“When one is fragile and risks being shoved, one does not go to places that are declared off-limits and one does not put oneself in that kind of situation,” Macron said, wishing “speedy recovery … and perhaps a kind of wisdom.”

The remark drew anger from the activist’s family and fellow protesters, who accused Macron of being patronizing and disrespectful, as well as of whitewashing police violence.

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Yellow Vests: “A Torrent of Hope Cannot Be Stopped by Police Blocks” | The Vineyard of the Saker


26-03-19 08:47:00,

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

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The following text was written (and translated by me) by the “Cerveaux non disponibles” Yellow Vests group after March 23rd’s protest event, which I reported about here. Of course, in many respects there is a chess game ongoing here. Macron thought that by sealing off the Champs-Elysees he would prevent the Yellow Vests from repeating what they did on March 16th – firing a proverbial, and in many respects literal, missile up his ass. But in reality, by doing this he drove himself into a corner, since now the Yellow Vests (and their partisan allies) will try to reclaim it, either by force or by outmanoeuvring the regime with asymmetrical actions. The next 3 weeks are critical – on the 30th there will be a demonstration against home evictions in Paris, which I will attend, on the following Saturday it is planned to gather in Toulouse, on the 13th of April it is planned to all gather in Bordeaux, and on April 20th the next Yellow Vests barrage of artillery is planned for Paris. Unless Macron has a lobotomy and starts implementing fully-fledged “democracy” before this day, we can only brace ourselves. I know that the “Black Blocks” are preparing a new strategy against “Manu” as I type.

In the meantime, the prices and tariffs in France are augmenting all in unison, and the Benalla affair continues without an end in sight. I am hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

“Once again, the Yellow Vests thwarted the government’s plans to stop the movement. Neither the call to the army nor the prohibitions to protest or the increase in fines could stop the mobilisation. Nor could the demonization campaign following the degradation of March 16th.

Castaner cries out victory, believing that the new apparatus has (finally) allowed protesters to express themselves without causing violence. But the reality is different.

Already, the first victory of the Yellow Vests is to have managed to block the most beautiful avenue in the world without even having set foot on it. Several hundred forces mobilised, shops were closed and totally barricaded (see Fouquet’s in steel). All of this without having to go to the Champs Elysees.

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Yellow Vests Act 19 (Paris): Report | The Vineyard of the Saker


25-03-19 10:48:00,

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

March 23rd in France marked the 19th consecutive weekend of nationwide Yellow Vests protests, the most noteworthy of which happened in Nice, Lille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen, and Paris. An estimated 127,000 Yellow Vests took to the streets of France on this day to protest against the Macron regime.

Firstly, let’s state some facts: there was NOT military troops everywhere in Paris. Near the Champs-Elysees – yes, but nowhere else. And secondly, people were indeed fined €135 if they tried to protest on the Champs-Elysees, despite the assurances from some media outlets that the fine would be only €11. Below is a copy of a penalty issued to a Yellow Vest as proof.

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I personally did not go to the Champs-Elysees, but plenty of footage filmed by others exists. Here is an example of a Yellow Vest going there without wearing a Yellow Vest (incognito). The footage is rather surreal, considering what happened on this Avenue just 1 week prior.

In Nice there was a casualty: after the police violently charged protestors, a 75-year-old lady was slammed to the pavement head first.

Geneviève Legay #GiletsJaunes porte-parole d’Attac 06 grièvement blessée en tombant lors d’une charge policière, ce matin à #Nice pour l’#ActeXIX #Acte19

Visible avec son #GJ non violente, scandant “Liberté de manifester”

Bon rétablissement

— BleuBlancRouge4369 (@BBR4369) March 23, 2019

CHOQUANT! #GiletsJaunes à #Nice #ActeXIX : La police interpelle les MEDICS et les empêche de venir au secours d’une dame gravement blessé!

-“Vous avez un équipement on interpelle, dslé on interpelle”

Dénoncez svp #France #Macron #YellowVests #Macron #Paris

— Le Général (@leGneral2) March 23, 2019

According to her daughter, cited by AFP, she suffered from several fractures of the skull and petrosal bone (inner ear). “She has to stay another 48 hours under surveillance. She is conscious, under morphine infusion,

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Yellow Vests Turn Violent As Macron’s ‘Great Debate’ Ends


16-03-19 08:26:00,

On March 16, 2014, Crimea held a referendum election on the question of rejoining the Russian Federation and seceding from Ukraine. The vote passed by an enormous margin, nearly 97% of the voters saying they wished to rejoin Russia. That number was amplified by the 83.1% voter turnout. Clearly this was a very pressing matter for the Crimean people.

But now it is just about five years later. Do the Crimean feel that their rejoining Russia has turned out well for them? TASS reported on a poll that was taken on 10 March to address this question. The agency that took the poll was the Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

Many people in the West may laugh at this title, but this is only because they are themselves steeped in the narrative that Russia is somehow still the Soviet Union, with repressive laws against freedom of speech, expression, the right to gather and so on. The results of the poll would also seem to lend further credence to this idea because the answer was overwhelmingly positive about the transition to Russian sovereignty for the province. The TASS report follows (with emphases added):

Crimea remains positive about the peninsula’s reunification with Russia and if the referendum was held today, 89% of Crimeans would support joining Russia, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center announced the results of a poll on Thursday in Simferopol.

“The attitude towards Crimea’s reunification with Russia remains decisively positive. Eighty-nine percent would cast their votes to reunite with Russia if a referendum were held next Sunday, and 93% view the reunification in a positive light. The level of negative attitudes and support for an Autonomous Republic of Crimea as part of Ukraine are minimal (3% each), the data says. The survey also noted that across Russia, 85% of respondents would support the reunification.

According to the poll, the reunification’s effects are also viewed positively. For instance, 86% of respondents believe that Crimea is developing more successfully as part of Russia, while 72% say that the reunification had a positive effect on their lives and the lives of their families. Moreover, 82% of respondents in Crimea are satisfied with their existence, which exceeds the same number across Russia (64%). More than half of those who participated in the survey (56%) are satisfied with their financial standing.

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Yellow Vests ransack MASONIC LODGE in French village as protest gets out of hand (VIDEO)


11-03-19 09:27:00,

A crowd of Yellow Vest protesters broke into and trashed a Masonic lodge in the French village of Tarbes. The ransacking has been condemned by the French government, who accused the protesters of “stupidity” and “intolerance.”

Some 450 protesters had gathered in Tarbes on Saturday for the 17th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Around midnight, La Dépêche paper reported, some protesters began shouting “we’re going to the freemasons!”

A smaller crowd of protesters marched on the Masonic temple, with one battering down the door of the secretive organization’s clubhouse. More protesters pelted rocks at the building and eventually the group forced its way inside. They overturned furniture, trashed the esoteric art hanging on the walls, and stole four ceremonial swords; they gave these back later on.

Police have opened an investigation, and France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner condemned the vandalism.

“After the Jews, the Freemasons,” he tweeted, alluding to alleged anti-Semitism within the ranks of the protesters. “When stupidity encounters intolerance, it is the worst.” Castaner also accused the Yellow Vests of having “no other project than hatred.”

Après les juifs, les francs-maçons…

Quand la bêtise rivalise avec l’intolérance la plus crasse.

Je salue l’intervention rapide de la @PoliceNationale qui a mis fin aux exactions de ces individus qui n’ont d’autre projet que la haine.

Ne lâchons rien.

— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) March 10, 2019

Across the country, somewhere between 28,000 and 90,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday to voice their opposition to the policies of unpopular president Emmanuel Macron, which, they say, benefit the rich but not the majority. Some 2,000 protesters have been injured and dozens maimed in clashes with police since November.

The movement’s organizers have planned a massive demonstration for next Saturday, timed to coincide with the end of President Macron’s three-month ‘Great National Debate,’ a public forum aimed at quelling the tide of dissent in France and forging “a new contract with the nation.”

The Yellow Vests have mostly focused their attention on Macron’s economic policies, and have not singled out the Freemasons as a target.

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Yellow Vests Attack Police With “Shit Bombs” In Latest Wave Of Protests


07-03-19 08:52:00,

Authored by John Vibes via The Mind Unleashed,

According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that they would easily burst on impact.

Rudy Manna from the Alliance police trade union in the southern port city of Marseille, told the AFP that many of the “bombs” hit their targets.

“Three policemen were soaked through with it,” Manna said.

Marseille police headquarters even reported that one officer was injured when he was hit in the elbow with “a poop-filled projectile.”

Very few pictures of the officers were taken, aside from the photo below which was posted to Twitter.

🇨🇵[FLASH] – Hier lors de l’#ActeXVI des #GiletsJaunes, plusieurs policiers ont été souillés par des #cacatov. Par-dessus tout les douches du commissariat ne fonctionnaient plus et ont dû se doucher au jet d’eau à l’eau froide. Jamais ont-ils dit, avoir été autant humiliés #Acte16

— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) March 3, 2019

“[The police officers] had it in their hair, on their shoes, they had to dump their clothes. They’ve told me they’ve never been that humiliated. And since it was truly sh*tty afternoon, the showers did not work at the North Station, they had to clean themselves with cold water in the garage,” Manna said.

“The policemen were deeply humiliated,” Manna added.

Police suspect that this could be a coordinated strategy, since similar incidents were reported in other cities, including Montpellier. Protesters were organizing on social media and were reportedly encouraging fellow demonstrators to arm themselves with ‘Caca-tovs,’ presumably a play on Molotov cocktails and “caca.”

Twitter user adda françois posted the following picture, which appears to show the creation of these bombs.

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Yellow Vests are reaction to ultra-liberal policies – Italy’s deputy PM


09-02-19 10:48:00,

The ideas of the Yellow Vests describe Europe’s future, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio has insisted, as he defended his meeting with the French protesters which enraged Paris.

In a letter to French newspaper Le Monde, Di Maio stressed that he was impressed by the Yellow Vests’ manifesto and said their demands “go beyond the right and the left and put the citizen and his needs at the centre.”

“This is why I wanted to meet with Yellow Vest representatives… because I don’t believe that Europe’s political future lies with parties on the right or left, or with so-called ‘new’ parties which in reality follow tradition,” he wrote.

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Di Maio also criticized the current and the former French governments and accused them of pursuing ultra-liberal policies that have “increased citizens’ insecurity” and “reduced their spending power.” He said he wasn’t surprised that French people are protesting against the “dismantling of some of their rights”.

However, he said that France was a “friendly country” and described its people as “a point of reference” in pursuing of social and civil rights.

The letter is seen as an attempt to calm tensions after a row between Italy and France which escalated after Di Maio travelled to France to meet Yellow Vest leaders who are seeking to run in May’s European Parliament elections.

The following day the French government blasted his visit as a “provocation” and on 7 February announced that it had recalled the ambassador to Rome.

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Earlier on Friday, the French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau explained that the recall of the ambassador was a response to Italy ‘crossing the line.’

“It’s not about being dramatic, it’s about saying ‘playtime is over’,” Loiseau told Radio Classique.

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Yellow Vests: Macron Adopts Totalitarian State-Practices to Suppress Dissent – Dutch Anarchy


08-02-19 02:10:00,

Following article reposted from 21st Century Wire

By Vanessa Beeley

30-year-old volunteer fireman who joined the Gilets Jaunes protests in Bordeaux, France on the 12th January 2019, is in a coma after being shot in the back of the head by an LBD or “flashball” bullet fired by French security forces who are brutally suppressing public demonstrations in most major French cities. Olivier Beziade is a father of three who now has a “very serious brain injury” and is in an induced coma. As violence radiates across France, western media locks down and fails to report comprehensively or fairly on Police infractions against protestors. 

The following is the video of this event, during which one of the police officers appears to say “they (protestors) don’t know it’s us” and instructs his colleagues to “pick up the casings”, after Beziade had been gunned down and was lying face down on the street. WATCH: 

The Gilets Jaunes or Yellow Vests

The Gilets Jaunes (GJs) or Yellow Vest movement began officially on the 17th November 2018 but according to some analysts this people’s initiative was being ignited long before and is a product of successive French government marginalisation of important sectors of the French population. Thomas Flichy de Neuville, academic and historian, wrote very recently about the socio-political alarm bells that preceded the Gilets Jaunes by at least five years.

In 2013, a deputy from the Pyrenées Atlantique department of France, Jean Lassalle, spent 8 months walking around France. He covered 5000 km on foot and spoke with the “forgotten” French people. Lassalle reported that the lasting impression from his experience was that most of those he encountered had a desire to “turn the tables, that they had had enough on many levels”.

Lassalle’s report was submitted to the presidents of the assemblées in April 2014. Lassalle warned that nine out of ten people in France were ready to “explode”, three out of ten were ready to mobilise if and when the “explosion” took place. Lassalle prophesied that  “Les réseaux sociaux sont prêts à agir comme une arme formidable de mobilisation” “social media is ready to to act as a formidable weapon of mobilisation”. 

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Yellow Vests and European Debt Crisis II


19-01-19 07:12:00,

What happens when the Yellow Vests meet European Debt Crisis II?

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There is a lot of talk about which economic bubble will burst first and burst the worst (sounds like a gangsta rap song, no?)
The stock market, real estate, luxury goods, corporate debt and government bond bubbles, and other lesser bubbles, all jockey for the titles. It’s the “Everything Bubble” for good reason.
The “good reason” is: the 1% owns everything of high value, so if Western governments make it their policy to inflate those valuations even higher, then the 1% regains everything they lost in 2008. Welcome to Western Liberal Democracy – if you have a seat in the House of Lords I’m sure you’re not suffering too badly.
Because of that “good reason” I listed all of these bubbles are worse now than in 2008. Nothing was learned and nothing was delivered: I am not a doomsayer, but these kinds of facts make me write that Great Recession II (Great Depression II?) is around the corner.
However, not all bubbles are created equal:
The luxury goods bubble, for example. It’s mildly interesting, from a sensational news aspect, that the most expensive bottle of wine is now worth $558,000…but the luxury goods market is a minuscule part of every nation’s “real” economy, excepting France, Italy and Switzerland. Back in 2008 a half-million dollars set the record for largest lot of wine ever – 27 bottles – so these stories only prove the existence of huge asset inflation (bubbles) – 1/27th in the area of wine sales.
The stock market bubble is also mainly a rich-person’s problem – we only hear about it so very often because…the rich own the media in the West, and the coverage thus reflects their interests. Yes, 52% of Americans own stock, because it’s a huge part (stupidly, rapaciously) of the American private pension system, but only 18% own stock directly and can buy and sell at will. We all know that stocks no longer have any correlation to a company’s actual performance and prospects; those really paying attention also know that the Great Recession’s bailout money has been used for stock buybacks,  » Lees verder

Yellow Vests Advocate Taking Money Out of Banks in France to Topple Macron | Armstrong Economics


10-01-19 10:12:00,

The Yellow Vest Movement in France is turning to an all-out war against Macron. Many are now advocating withdrawing their money from backs in order to topple Macron. Yellow Vest activists ‘Gilets Jaunes’, are now supported by up to 70% of the population. This new effort stepping up their pressure to de-throne President Macron and regain French sovereignty from the hands of the EU elites and globalists is becoming really intense as they call on the people to remove Euros from French banks to destabilize the regime.

Now we are witnessing the further spread of the Yellow Vest Movement as Taiwanese demonstrators have also launched their ‘yellow vest’ movement to protest taxes. The Yellow Vest Movement has also now emerged in Lebanon as people there to are calling for “Revolution” to unfold.

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Yellow Vests v police: ‘They want us to go NAKED against flashballs’


30-12-18 04:34:00,

The Yellow Vests’ anti-government protests, which have been rocking France since mid-November, are far from dwindling as police continue to shower the angry crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets, one of the activists told RT.

This Saturday marked the seventh week of Yellow Vest protests held in Paris and other cities across France. What began as demonstrations against fuel-price hikes, soon rose to nationwide rallies against government policies. Authorities have since abandoned the fuel hike plans and announced a minimum wage increase, but people continue to demand more concessions, including lower taxes, and even the resignation of Emmanuel Macron.

The number of protesters dropped during the holiday season, but the movement itself is “not waning down,” Yellow Vests activist Julien Duclos told RT France. The government gives people enough reasons to stay angry, and the upcoming taxes and spending cuts will “motivate” others to join the protests, he said.

In many cases, the rallies spiraled into violent standoffs with police who tried to disperse the crowds with batons, tear gas 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.

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“They want us to go naked against Flash-Balls!” the activist said, referring to a type of a non-lethal shotgun used by police to launch gas canisters and rubber projectiles.

We’re virtually nude against heavily armed and equipped people.

Julien admitted that the protesters might be forced to change tactics at some point. “Every time we encounter a wall, we bypass it,” he told RT.

“It’s a problem for police: we’re not like a solid body, but like liquid, like water. It’s very hard to stop water with a colander.”

The Yellow Vests remain a largely grassroots movement without a unified structure or set of leaders,

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