The people in the streets are smiling sharing the uniting feeling of belonging to the struggle. People smile, look at each other and understand each other
Today everyone in France was waiting for the Constitutional Council of France to decide on the pension reform law. Macron’s government increased the retirement age from 62 to 64, bypassing the Parliament.
The Constitutional Council had to decide: Does the pension reform law comply with the primary law of the country? After three months of political and social crisis, everything must be resolved in one’s favor.
All demonstrations are banned today. Yesterday, however, 40,000 protesters showed up for the demonstration, according to the French Interior Ministry. The organizer of the protest, the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), claims that 400,000 protesters took to the streets in the capital and 1.5 million across the country.
At the same time, the protesters demand not just abandon the decision to raise the retirement age but to set it as it has been before – 60 years.
Paris authorities divided the rally participants into two streams: some of them were sent along Boulevard Raspail to the Place de la Bastille, others along the Rivoli. The participants believe this was done to make the protest less crowded.
The demonstrators marched in an organized manner, each with his or her own union. There was no fatigue or humility. Macron must surrender or resign.
The National Federation of Ports and Docks demands retirement at age 55 for those working in high strain work environments.
“The culture took to the streets,” was written on a banner of cultural workers.
The CGT, the General Confederation of Labor, is the largest French trade union association, dating back to 1895. Historically, the CGT is affiliated with the French Communist Party.
Participants carry flags of the Association of Paris Hospitals (AP-HP).
“The revolution will be the heyday of humanity,” the poster reads.
“Macron, your reform is a fraudulent scam,” reads the poster in the background.
“Stop Macron!” is written on a portrait of the leader of the state.
“France must end Macron before Macron ends France!” the banner reads.
“Ambroise Croizat, come back!” Ambroise Croizat (1901 – 1951) was one of the leading creators of France’s social insurance system. Croizat was the Minister of Labor and a member of the French Communist Party. In his activities, Croizat was guided by the credo: “Let the French have confidence in tomorrow.” It is his system that is destroying the French government.
“Women have 22% less pay, and it seems the union is complaining for nothing,” the banner reads.
“My father retired at 60, got cancer at 66, died at 68,” the girl’s poster reads.
The man is holding a placard with the names of international companies and banks, “Are you retreating? And here they are, year after year.”
The USA is responsible for the forced vaccination against the coronavirus; it also deprived Europe of cheap Russian gas. On the left is a US gas employee damaging Nord Stream; on the right is a doctor with a vaccine.
Big Pharma and the military-industrial complex pass the baton to each other.
“The financial oligarchy is at war with the people. The military-industrial complex, trying to keep the world at war, has passed the baton to the pharma-industrial complex, seeking to plunge the world into a state of permanent pandemic,” the poster reads.
The end of the route of one of the columns of demonstrators is at Place de la Bastille, at the July Column. The column was erected in 1840 on the 10th anniversary of the revolution. On the day the monument was unveiled, the remains of more than 500 revolutionaries who died defending their ideals and a better future for the country were buried at its foot.
There is tear gas smoke in the air.
At the time of writing the photo report, it became known that the Constitutional Council of France approved the increase of the retirement age in the republic from 62 to 64 years, while rejecting a number of secondary articles of the bill. In particular, the provision stipulating the introduction of fines for enterprises that refuse to employ citizens over 55 years old was rejected.
Riots broke out in Paris.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency