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(en) ait russia: France: Yellow Vests Demonstrate Despite Bans [machine translation]

Date Thu, 28 May 2020 09:37:31 +0300


Despite the fact that on the eve of the French authorities in most major cities banned the holding of any demonstrations of "yellow vests", the activists still took to the streets, staging small protests and challenging totalitarian bans under the pretext of "quarantine". ---- In Paris, 10 people took to Republic Square, where they were immediately surrounded by 50 CRS police special forces armed with firearms (https://www.facebook.com/giletsjaunesinfos/videos/293576868329808/) ---- In Montpellier, dozens of "yellow vests" came, as usual on Saturdays, to Comedy Square. Having passed between the prefecture and the square, they chanted slogans. The police checked the documents of several demonstrators, but the case went without arrest (https://www.midilibre.fr/2020/05/23/montpellier-les-gilets-jaunes-mobilises,8900110.php)

In Lyon, a small group of protesters gathered in Place Bellecour under the supervision of 20 CRS cars. One of the demonstrators, dressed in a yellow vest, was symbolically surrounded by ribbons (https://www.leprogres.fr/france-monde/2020/05/23/image-un-gilet-jaune-se-confine-place-bellecour-a-lyon-photo-du-jour)

In Besancon, about a hundred protesters held a standing protest rally on Revolution Square, in the rain. "We want salaries, not poverty," they chanted, along with other slogans. The demonstrators kept a fixed distance, but were still determined. "Not a single virus will silence us," said Frederic Vijom, whose mask was made of a yellow vest. "We keep our distance from each other, but we want to say once again that the struggle continues and that it is not workers, pensioners or unemployed who should pay for the coronavirus. They never talk about financiers. This is an unacceptable situation. We are demonstrating here today because it's a breath of fresh air for us. Fundamental right ... "

Andre, who came to the rally from Dole, explains: "We must remain motivated and decisive, but it is clear that people who showed a few weeks ago are now afraid of police repression. Many of us have been detained in police custody and are still being persecuted according to the law. But no matter what happens, we will always be there. We are peaceful, and we just want to freely express our opinion. Today we demand a decent salary for everyone, as well as equipment and investments in hospitals. "

With a few whistles we met a police car, which was driving at low speed on Revolution Square. Demonstrators continued to chant slogans: "Today they demand money from workers to help healthcare workers," continues Frederic Vijom. "But we cannot allow this. We must take the tax from those who have money. And in France there is a lot of it." Wanting to continue their demonstrations, no matter what happened, the yellow vests in Besançon announced their intention to meet again next week, masked and at a distance from each other (https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bourgogne-franche-comte/doubs/besancon/gilets-jaunes-rassemblement-besancon-respectant-mesures-distanciation-sociale-1832608.html)

In Lille, dozens of people staged a demonstration in the city center between Republic Square, Euroville and Grand Place. They didn't go as much as they did stand-up actions, as, for example, in front of Euro-Lille. Wearing masks and vests, the demonstrators stood at the entrance a meter away from each other, campaigning for visitors who had come to shop. They called for help from carers and demanded free masks for everyone. There were also slogans against capitalism and Macron, for the restoration of the tax on large incomes. "We cannot rely on the government!" - one of the demonstrators shouted to the crowd. Thus, the demonstration passed from one point to another, under the supervision of the police (https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/756418/article/2020-05-23/lille-le-retour-des-gilets-jaunes-et-autres-manifestants)

In Fleury-les-Obres (Loiret department), the "yellow vests" came to the Tardival massacre. They criticized the hygiene conditions at the plant and also reiterated their intentions to secure the resignation of President Macron. Quarantine removal measures, protesters said, are being implemented in a way that benefits large capital. Yellow vests expose the "free-killing" policies of recent months. "Macron's policy is to count the dead and write fines," one protester said.

"Have you put on your muzzle?" - jokingly asks one of the protesters of the other. "We are rabid dogs, we bite, so we are muzzled." - "We are always here to tell Macron that we will not allow him to do this," the other summarizes.

"The government announced bonuses for health workers. Under pressure, it extended it to nursing home workers. But what has been done for home care workers who have been at risk for 2 months daily? For garbage collectors, cashiers?"

Then the protesters marched into the roundabout in front of the Leclerc shopping center (https://www.larep.fr/fleury-les-aubrais-45400/actualites/les-gilets-jaunes-loiretains-sont-de-retour-devant-l-abattoir-tradival_13791319/#refresh)

In Laval, a small group of protesters gathered under the supervision of two police cars. "We are no longer yellow vests," one of them declared. "We are angry citizens" (https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/pays-de-la-loire/mayenne/laval/laval-gilets-jaunes-toujours-effectif-reduit-1832540.html)

In Toulouse, because of the ban, the "yellow vests" did not call for a manifestation. The authorities announced that no shares in the city are allowed until July 10! (https://www.ladepeche.fr/2020/05/24/en-attendant-les-soldes-les-clients-boudent-ils-le-centre-ville-de-toulouse,8900548.php)

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