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(en) ait russia: "56th act" of "yellow vests" in the midst of a mass strike [machine translation]

Date Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:33:17 +0200


Thousands of "yellow vests" went on protest marches on December 7 at the height of a massive indefinite strike against pension reform in France. The central demonstration in Paris took place from the Seine Ministry of Finance building in the southeastern part of the capital, demanding "economic justice" and including in its list of demands the cancellation of the neoliberal pension reform planned by the authorities. ---- The march passed mostly calmly, but clashes with the police occurred in the Danfer-Roshro area. Demonstrators chanting anti-capitalist slogans bombarded the police with tear gas bottles and stones. ---- Meanwhile, the truck drivers federation joined in protesting against raising the diesel tax for commercial transportation in the draft budget for 2020. They blocked traffic on roads in 10 regions of France (https://www.sott.net/article/425353-Acte-56-More-French-protests-see-roads-blocked-trains-disrupted-and-scuffles-in-Paris;
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-08/tensions-as-yellow-vests-join-french-retirement-protests/11777418;
https://time.com/5745893/yellow-vest-join-france-pension-protest/;
https://heraldpublicist.com/paris-police-blast-tear-gas-at-yellow-vest-activists-on-anti-macron-march/
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Monday December 9th is already the 5th day of the strike in France. In the Paris region, ongoing blockades of public transport caused traffic jams hundreds of kilometers long. At about 8 a.m., traffic stood for 600 kilometers - 2 times more than usual. The railway connection in the country again experiences severe interruptions: only every fifth fast TGV train leaves on the road. Interruptions and cancellations of trains affected the railway connection with Germany.

On December 7, railroad traffic was massively disrupted throughout the country. In Paris, the metro went on strike again. In many cities, people took to the streets for anti-government demonstrations. Truck drivers blocked their traffic on roads across the country. The government says, however, that it is not going to abandon the reform, and promises negotiations with the unions.

On Thursday, a general strike swept the country. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported about 806 thousand protesters; unions announced 1.5 million demonstrators, including 250 thousand in Paris. On Thursday evening (after the end of the official union marches), many refused to disperse, and clashes with the police broke out on Republic Square. According to BFM-TV television, there were at least 500 radicals. Police used gas against them. Separate clashes occurred in Nantes, Bordeaux and Lyon.

On Thursday afternoon, according to official figures, 85.7% of train drivers and 73.3% of controllers went on strike. 90% of fast trains were canceled. Among teachers and teachers, the share of strikers was 55%, in Paris - 78%.

Railroad workers, workers in Parisian transport, teachers, air traffic controllers, ground personnel at airports, employees of government clinics and energy, workers at oil refineries - all of them, at least partially, went on strike from Thursday. Firefighters and students joined the protests, and even the police complained about the authorities' plans. In many cities, garbage collectors are on strike. Protest rallies were held on December 5 in 70 cities.

According to a Ifop Institute survey, 46% of the French polled support the strike and only 33% are against it (https://www.nzz.ch/international/frankreich-die-wichtigsten-antworten-zum-generalstreik-nzz-ld.1526468)

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