How come our ABC journaille doesn’t call the French protestors “Nazis?”

Yellow Vest demonstrators took to the streets again today in Paris and other French cities. Police fired tear gas during clashes with the protesters. Thousands of British Yellow Vests also protested, and the Yellow Vest leader James Goddard was arrested by police.

In other news, local councils across Australia are banning Australia Day observances because some aboriginals find them offensive.

French police fire tear gas and water cannons in ninth-straight week of yellow-vest protests

Marking up the Arc de Triomphe, smashing the face of the Marianne statue, a symbol of the French state, and trashing private property along the Champs-Elysees will be considered minor incidents if the Yellow Vests pull off their next move—an organized run on the banks. 

According to activist Tahz San, the aim of the latest protest is to “scare this (French) state completely legally and without any violence, yet more effectively than ever expected.” 

More below the fold.

French Government Moves to Impose a Police State in Response to Gilets Jaunes

PHOTO This weekend’s protests coincided with a bakery explosion that killed three people close to the protest area.

Paris police have fired water cannon and tear gas to repel “yellow vest” demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms.

Thousands of protesters also marched noisily but peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris, close to where an unrelated gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and one Spaniard, and injuring nearly 50 early on Saturday.

Central Paris was in lockdown against another feared eruption of violence by radical elements in the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vest) movement, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.

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According to activist Tahz San, the aim of the latest protest is to “scare this (French) state completely legally and without any violence, yet more effectively than ever expected.” 

The Associated Press reports Gilets Jaunes activists “hope the move will force the government to listen to their demands, notably their call for more direct democracy through the implementation of popular votes that allow citizens to propose new laws.”

Instead of listening to the demands of a majority of the French people—polls show around 80% support for the movement—the state will roll out the military and pass a draconian law criminalizing organized protest. 

On Tuesday, the BBC reported:

Speaking on French TV channel TF1, Prime Minister Philippe said the government would support a “new law punishing those who do not respect the requirement to declare [protests], those who take part in unauthorized demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks”.

Moreover, the French state will ban activists—described as “known troublemakers”—from participating in demonstrations. In order to make identifying and singling out these activists more easy, the government will also outlaw face masks. 

Bloomberg:

The protesters will face tougher penalties for taking part in undeclared demonstrations, covering their faces, and would be required to pay for the damage they cause, Philippe said on France’s TF1 television. More than 80,000 police officers will be mobilized nationwide for an expected fresh round of protests next Saturday, he said.

Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin urged the state to exercise “ultra-severity” against French citizens opposed to being fleeced and ignored. 

For a former French minister, the only appropriate response by the state is murder. Luc Ferry has called for police to shoot and kill protesters attacking police. 

Violence and murder are a reflexive response by the state when its authority is challenged and other tactics—for instance, demonizing protesters as either right or left extremists—fail to put an end to protests. 

Nothing short of a police state will work to discourage further protests. The French government has plenty of experience along these lines, having declared a state of emergency on numerous occasions, most recently in 2015 after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris. France first implemented an état d’urgence in 1955 during the Algerian war. The law resulted in house arrests, censorship, searches, curfew, restrictions on public gatherings, and forbidding people from entering a defined area. 

Shutting down protests, arresting activists, and even murdering them will not put an end to the Gilets Jaunes movement.

The French elite apparently suffer from amnesia. In the 1700s, the average French citizen spent half his or her wages on bread, thus leading to deadly bread riots and eventually the fall of the Bastille. The French ruling class, the monarchy, faced the guillotine in response to its neglect and parasitical behavior. 

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Kurt Nimmo is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Update from the Gates of Vienna:

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner raised the stakes in the rhetorical war within France by asserting that anyone who participates in a Yellow Vest demonstration is complicit with any violence that is committed by some of the demonstrators.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of Rassemblement National (National Rally, formerly Front National), responded by reminding Mr. Castaner of the collective French memory of what happens when political leaders travel down this road —bringing to mind images of the tumbrels rolling to the guillotine.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The video above is a composite of two separate clips. The two transcripts are listed below with their original times.

Video transcript #1:

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2 thoughts on “How come our ABC journaille doesn’t call the French protestors “Nazis?””

  1. Our ABC? ye jest. It hasn’t been our ABC for decades. The ABC is a mixed pot of radical leftoyds, union knuckleheads, panda eyed socialists and silent job saving appeasers. The ABC is well past its use by date and for the money the poor Australian tax payer forks out we could get more value for money employing monkeys with typewriters. I long of the days when the ABC was non partisan, unbiased, respected and admired, compared to today with leftist mouthpieces, opinionated wet behind the ears presenters and programs that completely lack any moral or ethical standards. Either the ABC starts reflecting its charter or it should be sold off and the poor tax payer saved from any further expense.

  2. On SBS one cannot even watch The Splendours of
    … The Ghan
    … The Indian Pacific – or even the magnificent adventures of
    … The Coral Explorer

    Without islam (has always been here … an indoctrination message) being preached by the Leftoid documentary maker and (the public funded) SBS
    … would have been appropriate and greatly appreciated !!!

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