Welcome to Macronia! The Yellow Vests protests as seen through the eyes of their participants
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.
Protests ACT X-XI (January 26 and February 2, 2019)