A bunch of children are being hailed as heroes for skipping a day of school in order to get better weather for their 120th birthday party. Imagine the thrill of importance for any 17 year old “said” to be wielding this power. This is rock-star stuff.
This Twitter stream has a series of reports on today’s protests.
Yellow Vest activist’s HAND is torn off amid horrific scenes of violence between police and protesters in Paris
After heated debate, French MPs approved new rules for public demonstrations that allow extended bag searches, make it an offense to wear face coverings, oblige vandals to pay for damages and, most controversially, ban certain individuals from attending rallies.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who considers himself ‘a man of the people’ does not blame himself or economic problems for the rise of the yellow vest movement.
A head of the 12 consecutive week of yellow vest protests, Macron laid the blame on social media and the Russians (of course) rather than taking any responsibility himself.
Marine Le Pen delivered a speech in Paris to thousands of her National Rally party supporters, who chanted “Macron, resignation!” as she spoke.
Macron’s strongly criticised policies continue to cause tensions between the Government and the so-called yellow vest movement sparking fears of a “civil war” among citizens.
To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!
“Journalists Collaborators”, chanted the protesters. “The journalists are here now! You will have to answer for your actions, your lies!” shouted a spokesperson with a megaphone, before singing the French national anthem.
Yellow vest protesters marched on the headquarters of leading French broadcasters Saturday, as small groups turned out Saturday in Paris and around France despite waning momentum for their movement.
Around 40 “yellow vest” demonstrators on Thursday tried to storm the medieval fort of Bregancon that serves as Mr Macron’s summer retreat before being turned back by police, the mayor of nearby Bormes-les-Mimosas, Francois Arizzi, told AFP on Friday.
The divide that we have seen widen and manifest in these protests is the one between the common people and the ruling class. These two have differing, competing visions for the future of their countries.
Yellow Vests have now spread to Portugal! A few hundred “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets throughout Portugal on Friday in an attempt to stop traffic, inspired by the French revolutionary “gilets jaunes”.
Golly, everyone’s mad about French fuel prices!
Bands of environmental protesters put BBC’s London headquarters on lockdown Friday, demanding the world’s largest news broadcaster make global warming its “top editorial issue.”
France is bracing for a sixth straight Saturday of protests during which the palace of Versailles just outside Paris will be shut for the day despite expectations that the numbers taking to the streets will be down sharply.
Originally starting in France, yellow vest protests have moved to Canada. Many were held Saturday across the country criticizing the tax and immigration policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government.
Five arrested after activists spray graffiti on Environmental Agency offices in Bristol.