Saturday in France, hundreds of people were detained in Paris alone as gigantic crowds of Yellow Vest protesters made their planned demonstration across France. It is now the fourth weekend of unrest.
The movement was famously set off by the recent rise in gasoline taxes in France, and now people are saying the country is literally on fire. Keep in mind, that tax increase was something that was just one addition to years and years of problems that have stacked up one after the other, when it comes to the government mistreating people.
A volatile, pent-up frustration was building for years, but the unrest really grew in mid-November, and that’s when a whole lot of concerned French people decided to grab a yellow safety vest, something they all had access to because it is required to be in each and every single vehicle, just regular cars, in France due to the possibility of a breakdown or accident.
What a hilarious turn of events: require every single citizen to have a yellow vest in case their car breaks down, which is a real nanny-state move, and it becomes the icon of a massive protest movement.
Instead of being used for a car accident or a similar personal emergency, these yellow vests are being used for what is described as a “national economic emergency.”
The wearer of the yellow vest demands to not be run over by the ruling class, suddenly visible, a perfectly coherent metaphor derived from the original meaning of the yellow vest.
If we look at mainstream media reports from recent on the situation, for example this BBC article, they make it seem as if the protests have no direction or purpose whatsoever.
According to the BBC: “The “yellow vest” protests have been “a catastrophe” for the French economy, the finance minister says. France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax rises, high living costs, and other issues. About 125,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday, with more than 1,700 people arrested. Several tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, are closed this weekend. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the situation “a crisis” for both society and democracy.”
It can only be expected that the mainstream would only focus on the “economic” impact of the situation, promptly citing the same officials who are instigating the situation.
Most people probably aren’t quite aware that the gas tax was already suspended: the thing is, that’s not what this entire movement was even really about. The gas tax was just something that lit the match, sparked the fuse, instead the protests continue on because the citizens of French are still fed up with all kinds of measures that benefit the rich at the obvious expense of everyone else.
Protesters who are known known as the Yellow Vests or Yellow Jackets, say they are fully fed up with the hidden hands in society pulling the strings from behind the scenes. They will not be quiet about it, and while the demands may not be entirely clear now, or there may be a lot of demands, the fact that some population is getting this active and outraged that they are being taken advantage of it a good sign for anybody on Earth wishing to exercise their right to civil disobedience.
Here are some scenes taking place across Paris right now, during these protests.
On my LIVE feed today I captured how the protestors tried to storm and burn the building down that contained the French main stream media inside
Its the area the police had to protect the most because the people here really HATE the msm and I think they have a good reason for it pic.twitter.com/bjr5qJj3DI
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) December 8, 2018
The ATMs have not fared well today in #Paris pic.twitter.com/hFxPQlyf7k
— Dan Lyman ❌ (@CitizenAnalyst) December 8, 2018
Cops gassing the street from both sides. No where to get away from it. pic.twitter.com/L1dEsW2dgb
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) December 8, 2018
🔴📹🇫🇷 #France : Un homme avec les mains en l’air se fait tirer dessus délibérément sur les grands boulevards à #Paris
La tension commence à être explosive.#8Decembre #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/nqQCIaEBdE
— -₽ – 🅣 – 🅐 – (@PorteTonAme) December 8, 2018
🔴📹🇫🇷 #France : 3 voitures incendiées près des #ChampsElysées ..#8Decembre #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/RPwIfIZuML
— -₽ – 🅣 – 🅐 – (@PorteTonAme) December 8, 2018
🔴 INFO – #Toulouse: Immense barricade en feu au quartier St-Cyprien, les pompiers ont été caillassé.” (Crédit vidéo: @dstsernin) #GiletsJaunes #giletsjaunes #8Décembre #8Décembre2018 #8Decembre #8decembre #Stopgiletsjaunes #balancetongilet #Samedi8Décembre #riots #YellowVest pic.twitter.com/FDrcaQVh7F
— FranceNews24 (@FranceNews24) December 8, 2018
#Brussels: The police has detained dozens of #GiletsJaunes protesters. #Belgium
Via @FranceNews24 pic.twitter.com/fAVzRRxcXu
— Ali Özkök – علي أزكوك (@Ozkok_) December 8, 2018
🇫🇷 [FLASH] – Des émeutes toujours en cours à #Toulouse. Les policiers ne contrôlent plus la situation depuis la fin d’après-midi.#GiletsJaunes #8Décembre pic.twitter.com/90B4aPfNc7
— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) December 8, 2018
I would have never thought of bringing a tennis racket to a protest.
This guy is a genius.#GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/XgOqJMWi8e
— Niall (@SlippyToYou) December 8, 2018
#Paris is burning tonight!
-Dozens of vehicles and barricades set on fire
-More than 30.000 people are protesting
-Dozens of Shops and buildings damaged & looted
-More than 500 arrested
– Several injuries reported including one serious injury#GiletsJaunes #ChampsElysee pic.twitter.com/GnfYD2zzh6
— save_ummah (@save_ummah) December 8, 2018
Welcome to Macrons France!
Out with Macron! Vive La France! #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/D12VTTEiqX
— Armani (@armani_salado) December 8, 2018