Welcome to Macronia! The Yellow Vests protests as seen through the eyes of their participants

18.02.2019, Paris.

Disillusioned with the authorities, the ultraliberal global agenda, and the condition of their democracy, people protest in France.

France has been witnessing continuing protests by the Yellow Vests for the forth month in a row. Actions are organized on the network principle, so there are no movement leaders. Participants in the protests told a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent about their demands.

Protesters divided their demands into two parts: political and economic. Political ones imply the demand for a greater democracy as people are disillusioned with the authorities. They are full of sentiment that the elected deputies do not represent people. This statement applies to the executive branch of power (President and Government) as well as to the legislative branch (National Assembly and Senate). According to the participants, the elected representatives represent only themselves, their ego, and their hunger for power, besides being corrupted by financial elites.

The discontent is focused on French President Emmanuel Macron. From the point of view of those Yellow Vests to whom we spoke, it was the financial system, in particular the Rothschilds’ bank, which had put forward the sitting President. Furthermore, Macron is a graduate of the Young Leaders School (US), which teaches its students about the ultraliberal system, globalization and the abolition of borders in favor of transnational corporations. According to the protesters, transnationals destroy civil service, social progress and state at a whole, and they lobby for selling off public property. In this regard, the protesters consider Emmanuel Macron’s program to be destructive.

The Yellow Vests movement also makes similar accusations against the legislative power, which it considers a stronghold for lobbyists, who does not represent the French people’s interests. Protesters see the EU structures as its armed financial branch designed to ruin its Member States.

Economic demands relate to the protesters’ discontent with the abolition of social safety nets and pensions. They are unhappy with the instability and the ongoing decrease of wages. According to the participants, people either become slaves working hard to earn a living, or they lose their jobs.

Protesters affirm the need for referendums at the citizens’ initiative and for the convocation of the Constituent Assembly with aim of changing the French Constitution as well as political and economic priorities.

Participants believe that the sitting President Emmanuel Macron aspires to retain power: he is beginning to squelch protests in an increasingly brutal manner. So far, the police have detained approximately two thousand Yellow Vest members during the protests. There is a rising number of persons who were injured as a result of harsh actions by the French police. Participants of the manifestations provided examples of the police’s unfounded cruelty.

Judging by current events, it seems that Macron’s proposition to create a European army made the United States really angry. Certainly, this does not play into their hands. However, if one seeks for military sovereignty and simultaneously robs his own people, such a policy hardly will succeed.  In this context, it is difficult not to recall the pension reform in our own country.

We have some photos from the scene. Our photo gallery embraces the last three Saturdays, which are named Protest Acts each one having its own number. The most recent one to date is ACT XII, which took place on February 16, 2019.

 

Protesters are carrying many RiC posters (call for referendum)
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Poster reads: “The Fuhrer ordered his commandant’s office to ban opposition demonstrations. Confirmed by LREM (meaning “La République En Marche” party, translated into English – “Onward, Republic!” – the party of the acting President Emmanuel Macron – Editorial comment) ”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Leaflet reads: “Freedom? Equality? Brotherhood!”, “Banana Republic. Police brutality. Everyone is affected. This concerns everyone”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Poster contains a quotation: “Declaration of 1789, Article 12. The guarantee of the rights of man and of the citizen necessitates a public force: this force is thus instituted for the advantage of all and not for the particular utility of those in whom it is trusted.” The flag of the pacifist movement with the words “PAIX” (“Peace” in French – Editorial comment) is in the photo
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The first poster. The literal translation: “The risk of freedom is much less than the risk of social order.” The second poster. The literal translation: “The monkey eats with two hands. The Man eats with one hand and gives the other one. The Brother gives two hands. The Pilgrims of Arès (Révelation d’Arès – religious movement – Editorial comment). Without brotherhood, we are worth nothing.”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Welcome to North Korea (crossed out) and “Macronia” is added. Thus, France is called Macronia, which is similar to North Korea.
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The inscriptions on the backs read: “There are no scrambled eggs without breaking an egg. Macron, you broke the eggshell! Figure out on your own what to do with the yolk, which is spreading “. In this case, there is a play on the words “yellow (vest)” and “yolk”. “Fauchon (Macron – Editorial comment) in the service of the dictatorship. I will arrest you with the help of the Fuhrer!”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The inscription on the clothes reads: “Power is born through violence and dies through freedom”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The poster says that a real RiC (Rassemblement pour l’Initiative Citoyenne – people’s referendum – Editorial comment) can be carried out only after “Frexit” (meaning the withdrawal of France from the EU – Editorial comment)
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The poster reports that the “real debates” are taking place on this site (referring to the fact that the national dialogue initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron is criticized by the protesters as “not real”). Further, there is an appeal to sign a petition on the site “change.org” for holding an international tribunal over Macron and Christophe Castaner (Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic – Editorial comment)
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The word “Terroriches” is formed as a combination of two words “terrorist” and “rich” (riche). “Paradise for some, but others do not have even radish” (it is a rhyme and play on words in French – Editorial comment). “Beware, beware of Terroriches”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The following meaning is conveyed in verse: “Mr. President, I wrote you a letter. Maybe you will read it. I just received a newsletter with my salary – it’s miserable! This is total hopelessness. You have stolen crazy amounts of money from us! And we demand it back! You have taken out a gun in reply. And you are getting angry. But your rudeness startled everyone. We fell into the trap. Because of your class disdain, you treat us as if we were helpless. The truth is that we’re just hungry. If you need to give money – give your own money instead of the public money. Let your banker friends give us our money back so that we can live with dignity. When you introduced yourself as a presidential candidate, there was a public debate. But in fact, you represent the mafia, and you will end up with hard labor. Your army is very well trained. The media are at your boots, and they deserve to be boycotted. They will not deceive us! This is not a fascist, not a left, not a Russian influence! This is the people in anger! You say that RiC (Rassemblement pour l’Initiative Citoyenne – people’s referendum – Editorial comment) is not a democracy. Stop misleading us. We want our freedom! People want to rule. RiC in all areas! We are the majority! This is sovereignty.”
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

These costumes relate to a play on words with “yellow” and “egg yolk” (“jaune” has these two meanings in French), as well as to the government’s relation to protesters.
Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The inscription on the vest “Blind obedience to the authorities is the greatest enemy…(the end of the phrase is not readable)”
Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

 

Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

In Bordeaux, protests always begin with a motorcycle ride. The motorcyclists come before the beginning of the manifestations and enjoy overwhelming support. This motorcycle ride became a sort of ritual as the bikers epitomize power and protection of the unarmed protesters.
Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

In Bordeaux, protests always begin with a motorcycle ride. The motorcyclists come before the beginning of the manifestations and enjoy overwhelming support. This motorcycle ride became a sort of ritual as the bikers epitomize power and protection of the unarmed protesters.
Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The inscription on the poster: “Liberty, fraternity, rubber bullets”. The black eye symbolizes an infamous injury that one of the protesters sustained as a result of the police shooting rubber bullets. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to see the world with both eyes. However, he is continuing to take part in the protests.
Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

The photo demonstrates the window of a shop selling luxury items. This shop is located on one of Bordeaux’s trade streets called the “Mecca of shopping”. This window was chosen as a symbol of consumerism. Protesters wrote using red paint: “Sacred manifestation street”.
Gérard Mesnis © The Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Protests ACT X-XI (January 26 and February 2, 2019)

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Poster reads: “Koo-ku! We are here again. We are not tired
Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Gérard Mesnis © Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

Source (for copy): http://eu.eot.su/?p=19854&preview=true

 

This is the translation of an article by Pavel Sysoyev, first published by Rossa Primavera News Agency.

We encourage republishing of our translations and articles, but ONLY with mentioning the original article page at eu.eot.su (link above).

 

 

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