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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Yellow vests, The time of a day, Paris as returned to the people (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:44:43 +0200

Blockades, clashes, convergence ... A story of the day of action of December 8, by libertarian communists in the Paris region, with a photo report. ---- Saturday, December 8 marked the fourth big day of national mobilization of yellow vests. Calls for calm coupled with threats of repression did nothing: the mobilization continues. Roundabouts, tolls, commercial areas and roads have been blocked throughout the country, and demonstrations are taking place in the cities. ---- In Île-de-France, several Libertarian Alternative groups took part in rallies and demonstrations left from Saint-Lazare, Bastille or directly to the Champs-Élysées. They distributed the latest leaflet AL (very well received), the stickers " strike sabotage blocking ", " No money ? Let's pay the rich "and others, as well as the journal titling on the move.

The procession left Saint-Lazare, with a very clear syndicalist coloration, left and far left, was blocked for one hour in a perimeter around department stores - a sort of trap very very large. Then the police armada abruptly left to go to another point of the capital. Proof that when the protest breaks out in multiple places, the police lock is impossible.

Amazing scenes in the beautiful neighborhoods
In the street, we found the typical diversity of popular movements: people from right and left, from all over the country, Normandy, Marseille, Brittany, North, but also suburbs of Paris. And in this very diverse crowd, organized groups trying to get their message across: far-right thugs, some conspiracy, but also anti-fascist groups, extreme leftists, trade unionists SUD or CGT, people carrying the " yellow anti-racist " or " anti- sexist " or " for the climate " sticker . Everything will be done to reduce the reactionary tendencies in the movement.

Despite attempts by the authorities to separate " thugs " and protesters, the crowd remained consistent and supportive when in contact with the police. The police device was out of the ordinary, and helped the yellow vests considerably to block half of the capital. It was indeed an astonishing scene that those beautiful districts of the west of Paris, totally deserted by their population, the streets emptied of their cars and their Velib, shops curtain down, windows barricaded, metro closed ...

As soon as we moved away from the points of confrontation with the police, around the Place de l'Etoile, we were struck by the calm, almost the tranquility that bathed these immense avenues, only disturbed from time to time by the passage of a surveillance helicopter. Here and there, on the pavement cleared of cars, groups of yellow vests were strolling about, a sandwich in one hand, a sign in the other.

Unprecedented economic block
But this is not just a beautiful symbol. Two weeks before Christmas Eve, the events of the Yellow Waistcoats have succeeded - by forcing the prefecture to this plan of radical prevention - to cause a totally new economic blockade of this high place of bourgeois overconsumption that are the Champs-Elysées and the Department stores. This should push the capitalists to put pressure on their charge d'affaires at the Elysee so that he gives ground in the hope of a solution to this crisis.

In order for Macron to give in on the social field, on the improvement of the standard of living, on the return of local public services - and not by sprinkling demagogic measures as until now, it is crucial that this movement of economic blockages and street demonstrations are now being followed by strike starts, and the social and trade union struggle movement has become a full-fledged player in this vast protest.

This is how we can strengthen the balance of power vis-à-vis the state and the employers, and tear off social conquests or even initiate a truly revolutionary process.

AL militants from the Paris region

Photo report by Marcos Vega / AL Paris Nord-Est

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