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(en) ait russia: Protests in France are mounting [machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:44:46 +0200

About 1.8 million people took to the streets of French cities on January 9, protesting against the neoliberal pension reform: strikers, union activists, yellow vests and just plain ordinary citizens. In total, more than 275 demonstrations took place in the country. Teachers, nurses and even lawyers joined the ongoing strikes. The strike of transport workers continued for the 36th day in a row, breaking all records. ---- In the morning, traffic jams in the Greater Paris area reached 200 kilometers. The work of public transport was severely disrupted, millions had to get to work with difficulty - whoever could, on foot, on bicycles, etc. More than a third of teachers stopped working in the country. Dozens of schools were closed in Paris. Railway traffic was badly damaged; reported the possible cancellation or postponement of air travel. Energy workers are on strike, blocking refineries from Tuesday. Donations of 5 million euros were received at the strike office of the railway workers.

Meanwhile, all negotiations between the authorities and the trade unions have so far been unsuccessful: the government is persisting ...

The protest march in Paris gathered, according to trade unions, about 400 thousand people. Thousands of police officers were mobilized to observe him (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/09/france-strikes-nurses-teachers-and-lawyers-join-pension-protests;.https://www.cgt.fr/actualites/france/retraite/mobilisation/9-janvier-2020-une-mobilisation-historique;

The protesters in Paris demanded not only the abolition of the reform, but also a reduction in the retirement age to 60 years (https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/370246.frankreich-eiffelturm-bestreikt.html).

During the march, real street battles broke out between the radical demonstrators who stood in front of the motorcade with anti-police slogans. The demonstration was stopped on Magenta Boulevard, and at the end, between Saint-Lazare and Saint-Ogusen Square, the demonstrators were repeatedly subjected to police attacks.

Battles with police in the area of St. Augustine lasted more than an hour and were the most fierce for many months. The police used gas and batons, beating everyone indiscriminately. As usual, this aroused only greater hatred. Reported many injured. 24 people were arrested (https://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/syndicats/greve-du-9-janvier-violents-affrontements-a-paris_3777895.html).

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Marseille (220 thousand), Toulouse (120 thousand), Bordeaux (70 thousand), Le Havre (35 thousand), Rouen (30 thousand), Lyon (27 thousand), Clermont- Ferrand (20 thousand), Cana (18 thousand), Nantes (18 thousand), Nice (15 thousand), Avignon (15 thousand), Beziers (11 thousand), Rennes (10 thousand), Brest (10 thousand). From several hundred to many thousands of participants gathered marches in other cities ...

Reported on stubborn clashes with police in Rouen, Rennes and Nantes, where there are wounded and arrested ...

Meanwhile, according to polls by the Figaro newspaper, 61% of the French approve the strike and 75% reject pension reform (at least in the current form).

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