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End of the world or end of the month, same fight.

Yellow cards aloft

At Saint-Nazaire the Yellow Vests Reinvent Direct Democracy

Translated from the Plateforme d'Enquêtes Militantes


From April 5th to 7th, about 200 delegations of Yellow Vests gathered at the People’s House in Saint-Nazaire to participate in the second Assembly of Assemblies. The aims were broadening the movement and getting organized for the long haul. The comrades of the People’s House in Saint-Nazaire and nearby proposed experimental, directly-democratic methods. These allowed 800 Yellow Vests to move between small working groups and a plenary assembly with an advisory function. As a result of this intense work, various calls were drafted and are being returned to the local assemblies to validate them in turn and ensure a broad consensus.

Thanks to this process a strategic direction has been developed that strengthens the movement in the current political context. The European Elections were seen as an opportunity to denounce the anti-democratic nature of European institutions and set the stage for an Europe-wide mobilization – any electioneering or participation was therefore refused.

Hands up

As a roadmap for a “Yellow Spring”, an important part of the general call is dedicated to alliances with the climate movement, teachers, the unemployed, students, and everyday “main-street” neighborhoods.

A “Yellow Week of Action” is proposed beginning May 1st, with the intention of staying in the streets. The delegations present at Saint-Nazaire insisted on the need to take a strong stand against repression of the movement: they agreed to demand the annulment of sentences for imprisoned or convicted Yellow Vests.

In the long term, a municipalist (or communalist) vision begun at Commercy was shared by a large share of delegations. This complements the determination to entrench the movement while also building popular and local counter-power.

We Live As Slaves No More

The reinvention of direct and horizontal democracy further consolidates the autonomy of the Yellow Vest movement by promoting the expression of social and territorial diversity in the image of the locals present this weekend at Saint-Nazaire, and for almost five months in the roundabouts and streets across France.

Maison du Peuple, Saint-Nazaire

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

We submit this call for adoption by vote of the local assemblies.


We, Yellow Vests, constituted as an assembly of our local assemblies met in Saint-Nazaire on April 5th, 6th, and 7th 2019.

We address the people as a whole.

Following the first assembly in Commercy, two hundred delegations continued their fight against liberal extremism and for freedom, equality, and fraternity.

The struggle has taken root to overturn the system embodied by Macron! This despite the government’s escalating repression: the laws that worsen everyone’s living conditions, that destroy rights and freedoms. The only response to the movement embodied by the Yellow Vests and other struggles was government panic – and an authoritarian turn. For five months now across France we have continued: on the roundabouts, in parking lots, in the squares, at toll booths, in the streets, and in our assemblies. We have continued to debate and fight against all forms of inequality and injustice, for solidarity and dignity.

We demand:

  • A general increase in wages, pensions, and welfare.
  • Public services for all.

Our solidarity in this struggle is with those nine million who live below the poverty line. Fully aware of the environmental emergency we declare: end of the world, end of the month, same logic, same fight.

rEVOLution

Faced with the masquerade of “great debates” and a non-representative government who serve a privileged minority, we are putting into place new forms of direct democracy.

In concrete terms, we recognize that the Assembly of Assemblies can take up proposals from the local assemblies and issue resolutions as did the first Assembly of Assemblies at Commercy. These resolutions are then systematically submitted to the local assemblies for approval. The Assembly of Assemblies reaffirms its independence from political parties, trade unions, and any self-proclaimed “leaders”.

For three days in plenary session and in working groups, we all debated and elaborated proposals for our demands, actions, and means of communication & coordination. Planning for the long-haul, we decided to organize the next Assembly of Assemblies in June.

The Assembly of Assemblies calls for actions to tip the balance of power in our favor and marshal the citizenry against the system. A calendar of actions will soon be published on a new digital platform.

The Assembly of Assemblies calls for new, expanded, and strengthened sovereign citizens’ assemblies. We call on the Yellow Vests to echo this call and the outcomes of our Assembly’s work. The results of our plenary deliberations will feed into the actions and reflections of the local assemblies.

We are making several appeals: on the European elections, the local popular citizens' assemblies, against repression, and for the annulation of penalties against the movements' condemned & imprisoned. We believe it is necessary in the next three weeks to mobilize all the Yellow Vests and convince those yet unpersuaded. We call for a Yellow Week of Action starting the first of May.

We invite all those who wish to put an end to the monopolization of life to fight against the current system, to create together by all necessary means a new social, ecological, and popular movement. The multiplication of ongoing struggles calls us to seek united action.

Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible

We call for a collective fight at every level across the territory to guarantee our social, economic, ecological, and democratic demands. Knowing we must fight a global system, we must exit capitalism. This way we can collectively build the famous “all together” that we sing and that makes everything possible. We are all building together across the territory.

The power of the People, by the People, for the People. Don’t watch us, join us.

– The Yellow Vests’ Assembly of Assemblies

Smoke over Palms

On Réunion Island's Yellow Vests Uprising

Originally appeared in Fumigene Magazine on December 5th, 2018

In the Yellow Vests' wake, Reunion Island has been blockaded for several days now – a fierce atmosphere. Social unrest has swept over this small patch of France, home to 860,000 inhabitants, located more than 10,000 kilometres from the metropolis, and the result of a much deeper crisis. An unforgettable DJ from the Marseilles scene with the group Chiens de Paille, Original Mesk moved to Reunion Island with his family two years ago to open a clothing and accessories design shop. This reunion packs a punch.

Fumigene Magazine: You are living on the island, what is your view of this blazing movement that is supposed to be peaceful and demand-oriented?

Original Mesk: Indeed, the “Yellow Vest” movement is supposed to be peaceful and demand-oriented, but without any real organization, all of which can create a climate that could be described as “anarchy”, whether in mainland France or here on Reunion Island. As a result, and as is often the case in this kind of social climate, this gives rise to movements that graft onto the initial movement even if the demands and/or actions aren't the same. Today we've gone beyond the demands of the Yellow Vests and the movement is committed to the people of Réunion.

This conflagration was foreseeable in a way: it's been brewing for a long time on Reunion Island. There have been precedents in 1991 and 2012 rooted deep in longstanding problems that have never been solved, or hardly mitigated, with political promises that never see the light of day... under an infusion of state aid, government-backed contracts, etc. Assistance that helps in the very short term, exactly the same as in mainland France, mainly in the suburbs, but without taking into account the cultural and social reality of the island.

For various reasons, inequalities, and ultimately history, it can be difficult to feel truly “French” here. And despite the fact that Reunion Island “looks to” metropolitan France, there is a huge gap in how we're treated. This applies to all the overseas departments. These reasons are above all social, they are cries for equality, in a territory that I would remind you is a French department with all that this implies – European legislation, dock dues, import territory, higher prices, lower incomes, commercial monopoly, cultural upheaval, assistance, unequal hiring and salaries, inaccessible land, mass expatriates, etc.

As for violence, there is of course a degree of vandalism, but this is above all a response, a consequence and not a cause!

We also know that it's partly orchestrated/manoeuvred by political power, we see this all the more today. There was a desire to divide the people. They wanted to play us off each other. They don't protest protesters, they protest offenders – to criminalize the people.

What triggers such a tense situation as you see it?

The triggers were strong “messages” sent by the political powers: which are no more and no less than evidence of disrespect and disregard.

Since all these recent events began, there's been nothing but silence from our “political leaders” – no communication, no dialogue. The Prefect (state's representative) backed out at the last minute when offered a chance to meet with the Yellow Vests and sent a lackey instead. They allowed some “delinquency” at the beginning, when it would have been easy to contain it. The police didn't do anything, even within yards of destruction. The Prefect introduced a curfew. They called the metropolis for military reinforcements, which arrived from Mayotte. The airport, schools, colleges, and most shops are closed.

The so-called “curfew for everyone's safety”, so the police can focus on acts of vandalism, is a false pretext. It has been used to send convoys through the night. They refill gas stations and restock supermarkets – all supervised by the military reinforcements. The protests are meant to block these producers of expensive living! So the mood is set. The people are partly divided but organizing themselves. Already in metropolitan France they see how disconnected the government is from reality and the people themselves – imagine the gulf between Réunion or the other overseas departments!

As a shopkeeper, how did you respond to the Prefect's 5pm curfew?

Personally, it doesn't really affect my business, we're usually only open during the day. We've been closed for almost a week like everyone else. The island is paralyzed – completely shut down. The only shops still running are those who still have food in stock.

The curfew has a direct impact on nightclubs and restaurants. But anyway, there's not much left in the refrigerators... I myself don't sell anything “vital”, so without this curfew I'd stay open. Shopkeepers, restauranteurs, and pharmacists organize to bring solidarity supplies to those who have nothing left: the often isolated elderly, the sick, mothers without milk or diapers, etc. I personally called – and I'm not the only one – on farmers to come and sell their produce on the roadblocks and traffic jams so everyone can benefit. This could reconnect the social ties between the content and the malcontents. It's being setup. Afterward, we'll have to see – we professionals and retailers – how the state will compensate us. Some are in deep trouble, some will shut down. Of course large corporations, big buisiness, and their administrations will have their special favors. We'll have to see what we can do for small-businesses, craftsman, and the self-employed. It's yet another fight.

Réunion Roadblock

How do you explain the gap in national and regional media coverage?

I think we all know, or at least we suspect, that the media don't “inform” in the true sense of that word. And like Public Enemy said, “Don't Believe the Hype”. The media's a tool of propaganda at the mercy of power and lobbies. So we minimize what inspire ideas of solidarity and focus on the consequences of certain acts (violence, destruction, etc.) in order to undermine the credibility of the movement. Since the curfew, we've had a hard time communicating on Facebook. For example we couldn't find information, Facebook won't publish “lives”, comments are grayed out and illegible. Local media were told not to broadcast freely, not to broadcast certain information. I realized that metropolitan French media didn't talk about the movement on Réunion, but that's normal. France relates to the overseas departments like that, they took an interest based on the request for military reinforcements and the curfew. As usual, we talk about the overseas departments only for folklore or when a political comes to grab our votes.

How do you see the police acting during the curfew?

I don't know what their orders are. There have been many cases of vandalism, robbery, raiding downtown by small groups of young people – with police standing idly by. They do nothing! So some people agree with harsh repression and military reinforcements, while others know it can only escalate the violence.

From what I see, the police have been overwhelmed, as if they were unaware of what could happen. Or they're letting it happen to legitimize the use of force.

During the day, authorities encourage or force small grocers, corner stores, etc. to close – claiming it's for their safety – while the movement tries to mobilize them to do the job of big supermarkets. At night it's harder, like always but especially under the curfew. It's no good to be caught out alone by the riot police commandos or some other squad. Once again, the climate created by the curfew and reinforcements means that for each side “all is permitted”.

In any case, I can't say that the police have “moved closer” to the people or popular demands.

What do you hope to achieve in this tense social situation?

The quickest possible outcome, I hope, for all the people. But that's obstructed by local and national politicians who will never admit their culpability, mistakes, and so on. They will simply offer up crumbs of financial aid to alleviate but ignore the root of the problem. That is, neocolonialism! It is also up to us to change the ways we've been made to consume. We have to raise our children in the way we want to think and live – not let the media & TV teach them materialism. It's not utopian, but it is complicated. Equal employment and pay, professional training for young people in line with economic and geographical reality. Abolition of dock dues, control and regularization of prices, end of corporate or family monopolies, a politics oriented to our neighbors in the Indian Ocean and Africa. It's totally incoherent to depend on European legislation here in the tropics. No need to import products that we can produce ourselves...

All Out

Social Crises in Europe

Pioneers of the Revolution, 1987

Written by Dimitri Ouédraogo for Le Faso on December 11th, 2018

The European continent is gripped by social struggle. People’s purchasing power has fallen off considerably. They face various taxes. These taxes add up, suffocating everyday people. In hopes of improving their lot, people don’t hesitate to protest. This is happening now in France with the Yellow Vests. The French people say they are tired of paying taxes to enrich and maintain the wealthy. They were warned by Thomas Sankara, leader of the Burkinabé Revolution of August 1983. He said that the exploiters of Africa were the exploiters of Europe:

There is a crisis because the masses refuse to allow wealth to be gathered into the hands of a few individuals.

Thomas Sankara said this on July 29th, 1987 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On that day the leader of the Burkinabé Revolution explained the ongoing debt crisis. Today his words seem prophetic. Thirty years later, the revolutionary’s rhetoric has become reality. Europe is in crisis. France is facing strong social demands. People refuse to work to make the rich even richer.

The people bleed to feed, heal, and clothe themselves. With the little they earn, the state still asks the poor to give up nearly 30% of their income. At the same time, large multinationals pay less than 10% in taxes. It falls to the suffering poor – they must toil to uphold the oligarchy. This is the capitalist system. The same oligarchs plunder Africa. The people of Africa and Europe share the same fight. It’s a shame the young captain’s message was not understood earlier.

Days of Anger Photo by Rémy Soubanère

Today we face the same reality. But today, as far as we can tell, Africans and Europeans people don’t share the same interests. By refusing to sacrifice ourselves for our respective government’s gain, we force our rulers to look for funding elsewhere.

However, it’s completely forgotten that Europe has little wealth. Africa supports Europe's economy. In France, Emmanuel Macron has allocated nearly eight or ten billion euros to contain the Yellow Vests. That scares us. We worry that to raise this trifling sum, the Elysée must revive the neocolonial policy of Françafrique.

But Emmanuel Macron, the French President, said he would abolish it. What is this Françafrique? It's very simple. It's looting Africa's natural resources, again. This means sparking conflicts. Weapons will be sold to all sides. The same advisors are all at their service.

Force of arms

When weapons are stored and liquidity's required, it's simple. Start a conflict, arm some group, and the state will be forced to buy more arms to defend itself. To put a bow on it all, send an intervention force to occupy the country in question.

It's a pity, but we are afraid that for Europe to recover, Africa must bleed even more. Yet she has already suffered. She survived slavery. She struggled under colonization. She moaned through the World Wars. She lives on in this post-independence period. Africa has tasted all the miseries of the world. We thought it might end with Emmanuel Macron.

But his countrymen decided otherwise. All Africans know this interpretation, however. Yet they're not trying to rebalance power. Finally, we too must tell each other the truth. European leaders are elected to meet the needs of their people. That's what they're supposed to do. Africa must do the same. In the end, don't Africans really want happiness?

Revolution

To Be Read Over the Barricade

Tanks on the Champs

Translated from lundimatin #184, published March 27th, 2019.

This address to the military was written by one of our regular contributors on the occasion of the army's deployment to the ZAD in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. It sat in a drawer until now. As the government now calls on it's soldiers to contain the Yellow Vest movement, the piece suddenly became blazingly relevant.

Soldiers, ye are deceived.

We're sending you to shoot your brothers and sisters. The chorus you know, you no longer believe, or never did. You say to yourselves, it was like that in History – what we learned in school.

You tell yourselves today is different.

You tell yourselves, “I defend Liberty, the Law, and France”.

That's true, we won't lie. But often France, the Law, and Liberty have served dubious interests that escape us all. Often the French army behaved like bandits, admit it. Other soldiers before you have been deceived, they became criminals in the army of murderers and many regret it.

Why not you?

Do you think you're cleverer? Smarter? Fairer? More educated?

More free than your comrades through History?

There is a law of war you can't ignore. It comes from origin of war itself: there are always two clashing sides, whether in the Middle Ages, the 1940s, with spears, arrows, or machine guns. Revolutionary wisdom teaches us: there are always two sides to a barricade. This observation leads to a profoundly martial question, an existential question for every soldier:

Am I on the right side?

Although we aren't ourselves in the army, we can never escape it. We're no exceptions. As it was and forever shall be in war, we find ourselves on a side. We ask ourselves the fundamental question: are we on the right side?. The National Guards who raised their stocks in the air¹, the soldiers who fled from France to England, the Americans who joined the Vietcong, conscripts who doubt in the backs of Algerian trucks...

Martial anguish will seize you sooner or later. Faced with this question, your conscience will not leave you alone. It will pursue you relentlessly.

Despite the propaganda – ours or others' – despite political opinions, preconceived notions, TV analysis, captains, childhood friends...

Your own conscience stalks you.

Of course, there's always bad faith: “I defend the free world”, “the good life”, but all you need is a leave from the barracks or a family visit to disillusion you. “I fight the bad guys”, “our enemies are savages, terrorists, monsters”, but all you need is an encounter, a friendship, to wait for the end of the Hollywood movie, to look things in the face, or a memory...

But your good faith awaits you just around the corner, nonchalant.

You're in the dining room, sitting normally, thinking about something or other, and the question returns:

Am I on the right side?

There's cynicism and nihilism, too: “the world is what it is”, “nothing will ever change”. But we cannot live forever in renunciation, you have to choose: I am on the right side, or I am not on the right side. Suddenly you think of Jean Moulin, the police prefect.²

You run to the bathroom and splash water over your face, but your reflection reveals martial anguish. Doubt has grown very real, it's embedded in how you move and speak. It betrays you over a dinner with friends, it's in your mind, your body, your very life.

That question is your paranoia.

Beyond all good faith, common sense, and humanity there is your propaganda. It makes and defends you. It's your last thread dangling you above anguish.

You say to yourself, “and what I read, what I hear, isn't that propaganda?”

Yes, that's right.

But in the long run, this propaganda will meet the one that holds you and enter your flesh. The shock will detonate an explosion, a chemical reaction. And you will be the children of this union. You will become beasts, you will lose your beautiful assurance – peacekeepers no more.

And it's History who teaches us what you will become, after this martial anguish, after you answer the question “Am I on the right side?

The ugliest will become monsters, psychopaths, executioners in the service of Order – renouncing human dignity.

The others will join us.

Only then will we finally know how to welcome you.

Some with hatred, and others with respect.

Glory aloft

1.) In March of 1871, National Guards in the streets of Paris refused to fire on protesters, and instead held their rifles up by the barrel in defiance.

2.) Jean Moulin was a prominent member of the French Resistance who died in Gestapo custody.

A Story of Our Time by Alain Brossat

Published March 27th, 2019 in lundimatin #184.

Nothing could surpass the grace, elegance, and beauty of this image. Robocop, alert, bounds like a gazelle, unhindered by heavy armor, leaps over the fallen body of a reckless seventy-year-old. All this is the immediate aftermath of an impetuous police charge during the Yellow Vests demonstration in Nice last Saturday. On one hand, the photo was published by the esteemed Le Monde. On the other, the lady was carried off unconscious by firemen to Nice’s Pasteur Hospital in critical condition.

This good deed of Le Monde would soon repair an inglorious one. In the hours following the glorious deed, Le Monde online described their facts of the case: the lady “injured herself” – they used this phrase twice – when she fell after the police charged. It wasn’t he who rammed her against a metal pole, no, it was she who hurt herself when she collapsed on the ground. From there they imagined she’d played it up a bit…

As old and gray as she is, the lady – an Attac activist by the way, which could reinforce their suspiscions – is not quite old enough to have known the scoundrel Stavisky. It’s a pity, they would have made quite the pair. After all, according to the memorable writing of Le Canard Enchaîné, he “killed himself with a revolver bullet fired at close range”.

After this amazing goat (or tiger’s) leap¹ in the annals of France’s Middle Police Age, Mrs. Belloubet, Keeper of the State Seals, tried to set the record straight: all the evidence was against the fallen lady. She was in a forbidden demonstration after all, a reprehensible action, in short: a crime… But, the minister had to quickly qualify the words of Nice’s prosecutor. Slightly shocked perhaps by the inhumanity of the minister's comments, the prosecutor noted the lady was standing on the edge of the demonstration – not inside – a doubt that could open the door to famous attenuating circumstances

If memory serves me well, before Mrs. Belloubet joined Macron on a fixed-term contract to become minister, she was a teacher, a professor of law – a colleague, that is. There are days when one would prefer to bite one's left ass-cheek to death than be associated with this mob.

Nice’s Prosecutor however, is not the type to spend his holidays with Cédric Herrou (the famous farmer who founded the “French Underground Railroad” for migrants). He finds, nevertheless, something worth looking into in this small incident or accident. He opened a “classic investigation into the cause of the injuries” that nearly killed Mrs. Legay. Her family filed a complaint of “voluntary violence in an assembly by armed public authorities against vulnerable persons” – the name, in terms of the Criminal Code, for a police charge of this kind.

But the whole affair wouldn't taste quite finished if the gang leader didn’t step in. Here he is, finding it appropriate to “wish Geneviève Legay a swift recovery”. He immediately covers that wish by spitting: “and perhaps some prudence”.

Little prick.

We’ve long since given up imagining that any form of wisdom could touch the mind and heart of this brood. Been a long time since they lost our respect.

And let’s not hide it.

– Alain Brossat (the same age, alas, as Mrs. Legay)


1.) If you wondered why hurdle jumping is duly included in the mental and physical training program of our Robocops, you have your answer: it's not just about charging impetuously, it's about stepping over bodies without slowing down. Odds are the Guy Drut (famous French Olympian) of the Nice charge will be rewarded with both a bonus and a medal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yellow Vests of the Maritime Alps

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Translation of the original from Facebook posted by Priscilla Ludosky


Mrs. Geneviève Legay was brutally thrown to the ground by police forces on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, at Garibaldi Place's southern entrance.

She suffers from several fractures of the skull, broken tympanic bone (inner ear), and subdural haematomas. She was in a coma for several hours. Her condition was so worrying that her doctors waited all day to make a prognosis. Today, her loved ones await a report on the extent of the permanent injuries that Geneviève will endure for the days, months, and years to come.

We, Yellow Vests from the Maritime Alps, accuse the politicians, local and national, the leaders of the top-down hierarchies: prefectures, police, and the rest – we accuse them all of fomenting violence, tensions, and causing countless tragedies that now affect the population as a whole.

Geneviève, to whom we express our support, gratitude, and hope for a full recovery, is unfortunately one more victim in this long procession of debauched, mutilated, disfigured, physically and emotionally traumatized people. This horror has marched on, out of the media spotlight, since November 17th.

This Saturday, the police were guilty of many crimes:

  • It is illegal to use grenades and flashballs as offensive weapons. At no time has anyone seen a protester try and attack a law enforcement official.

  • Flashballs were again fired at head-height. An ear cut in half this Saturday in Nice proves it.

  • The police dispersed protesters in the St. Philippe district, and then pursued them through the small streets outside the “forbidden” area. They used flashballs, truncheons, etc. to injure several people without legal necessity – several were hospitalized.

  • Many peaceful protesters were arbitrarily arrested.

Recall that for nineteen weeks, no damage has been reported in Nice due to the Yellow Vests. Not even a single broken glass from some café’s terrace.

This shows how absurd the police operation on Saturday, March 23rd was. It was disproportionate, exaggerated, and extreme. The goals were clear: increase social tensions, instill fear, and use the Yellow Vests as instrumental means for media, political, and electoral ends.

Like Geneviève, we have always demonstrated peacefully. To brave official decree under these conditions in no way justifies violent use of force. Proportional response to “offenders” is an absolute rule in the streets, military, courts, and elsewhere.

Faced with all this, the Yellow Vests find the various powers supposed to govern the republican and democratic order have failed in their mission and now irrationally exercise their mandate.

The Yellow Vests are concerned about the disappearance of the social contract that guarantees the conditions of democratic life in our country. Obscurantism has taken precedence over enlightened thinking that must promote the common good.

The Yellow Vests find our demands totally refused, despite what the government would have us believe.

The only response we've received for months is the government's brutal violence.

The only weapons we carry are opinions contrary to the government’s.

Unfortunately, Geneviève joined the all too many victims of excessive power. We wish her all the best as she recovers. We wish the same for all victims brutalized by police forces at the behest of a government whose legitimacy we challenge.

It is our right to challenge this government – unless we no longer live in a democracy. Day after day, week after week, the government cynically claims democratic power to justify their crimes.

– Yellow Vests from the Maritime Alps

The Yellow Vests are not a formally constituted organization. This press release was written by a wide circle of those active in the movement who, despite their reservations, believe it reflects the feelings of all who participate alongside them.

Translated from lundimatin #183.

BAC

Photo by Rémy Soubanère

In the wake of exponentially growing authoritarian power across institutions, we all urge all friends of freedom: do not give up an inch of ground to repression – organize against it.

As academics, we declare ourselves “accomplices” of the Yellow Vests faced with authoritarian abuses of power.

On March 18th, 2019, sixty-five intellectuals participated in a simulated debate with the President of the Republic. After dismissing the Paris police chief for limiting the use of flashballs and grenades (despite many casualties, including a fresh one that day), the Prime Minister announced an unprecedented set of repressive measures. Beyond banning allegedly dangerous people from demonstrations, the government now forbids protest across wide swaths of France, forms “anti-vandal squads” with enhanced powers, and deploys drones alongside chemical markers against protesters.

Worse, he wants to make all friendly media outlets and supporters of the Yellow Vests “accomplices” to any potential crimes committed. On the same day as these announcements, the police union “Officers' Synergy” issued a fascinating statement targeting “ultra-left thugs”, also described as “pillbug swarms ” and “ assassins' seed”. Two days later, on March 20th, the government announced it would call on the army to protect official buildings for the first time in over fifty years. All this against protesters demanding social justice and democracy. For more than four months now they've faced unprecedented police and judicial repression.

We are faced with the serious aberration of a regime unable to offer a political response to the challenge of the Yellow Vests. International condemnation of police violence against the movement has rained down for weeks from the Council of Europe, United Nations, and European Parliament. We scholars – many specialists in social movements, policing, and political violence – solemnly warn the people of the grave danger posed by this new government policy. The parliamentary majority, the police, and the judiciary threaten civil liberties and human rights. We declare in advance that we are all accomplices to the coming Acts of the Yellow Vests, ban or no ban. We denounce all police brutality inflicted on demonstrators, like that suffered for decades by the youth in working-class neighborhoods. The use of weapons of war in police operations – flashballs and grenades – must end. In the wake of exponentially growing authoritarian power across institutions, we all urge all friends of freedom: do not give up an inch of ground to repression – organize against it.

Signatories

ABASSADE Élise - Université Paris 8 (Vincennes-Saint-Denis) / La Manouba (Tunis) AIGLE Maud - doctorante - université de Bordeaux. ALAM Thomas, politiste, Universitéde Lille ALLAL Amin, CNRS, science politique ALLIES Paul, politiste Université de Montpellier AMAND Rudy, sociologue, Caen AMIEL Bastien, politiste AMRANI-HAMMOUR Anaïs, doctorante en sociologie, Université Jean Monnet, centre Max Weber ANDREANI Fabrice, doctorant en science politique, Lyon 2 / Triangle ANSALONI Matthieu, Sociologue/politiste, Sciences-po Toulouse ANTOLINOS-BASSO Diego , ingénieur de recherche, Sciences Po Paris ARBOIREAU Michel, enseignant, Université de La Réunion BACZKO Adam, post-doctorant en science politique, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne BACQUE Marie-Helene, Pr, Université Paris Nanterre BAISNEE Olivier, MCF Science-Politique, SciencesPo-Toulouse BANTIGNY Ludivine, historienne, université de Rouen BARBIER, Clément, politiste, Université de Lille. Barrera Téllez Andrea, Doctorante en sociologie et genre, Université Paris Diderot BASTIDE, Maguelone, doctorante en archéologie, Université Paris Nanterre BATICLE Christophe, socio-anthropologue, université Jules Verne, Amiens BATTESTI Vincent, Anthropologue, CNRS BEAUDET Jean-Michel, enseignant-chercheur, université Paris Nanterre BECKER Florent, enseignant-chercheur (informatique), Université d’Orléans BEN ABDALLAH Emma, Doctorante et ATER en Droit, Université Lumière Lyon 2, CERCRID BENNANI Amine, Doctorant en codirection FMPF Fes-CNRS Marseille BENVENISTE Annie, MCF, Université Paris8, Vincennes-Saint-Denis BERCHE Bertrand, Physicien, Université de Lorraine BIARD Romain, enseignant-chercheur en mathématiques, Université de Franche-Comté BIGORGNE Marie, doctorante en sociologie, Université Paris-Est. BIHR Alain, sociologue, Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté BLANCO Domitille, doctorante en sociologie-anthropologie, CMW, Saint-Etienne BLAZQUEZ Adèle, doctorante en anthropologie, EHESS-CEMS BOE Carolina, anthropologue, Cerlis, Université Paris Descartes BOELAERT Julien, politiste, Université de Lille BOISSIER Fabrice, Doctorant en informatique, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne BOLLENOT Vincent, Histoire, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne BONDITTI Philippe maître de conférences, ESPOL-ICL BONNAZ François, doctorant en science politique, Université Grenoble Alpes BONHOMME Julien, anthropologue, École normale supérieure BONTEMPS Véronique, anthropologue,CNRS BORTZMEYER Gabriel, chercheur en études cinématographiques BORY Anne, sociologue, Université de Lille BOSC Yannick, historien, Université de Rouen BOUAGGA Yasmine, chercheuse au CNRS BOUDET Martine, chargée de séminaires EHESS Paris BOUILLET Jérémy, docteur en science politique, Grenoble BOUQUIN Stephen, sociologue, PR Universite d’Evry BOURAD Aïcha, politiste, Toulouse BOURON Samuel, sociologue, Université Paris Dauphine BOULAYOUNE Ali sociologue université de lorraine BOUSSAOUD Driss, Chercheur au CNRS BRANCHE Raphaëlle, professeure d’histoire contemporaine, Université de Rouen BREJAUD Pascal, enseignant mécanique , Université d’Orléans BROUILLET Denis, Professeur Emérite, Psychologie, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier BRUNO Isabelle, chercheuse-enseignante en sciences sociales, Université de Lille BUE Nicolas, enseignant-chercheur en science politique CAILLAUD Kevin , sociologue et politologue, chercheur associé aux UMR Geste et Latts CANU Jean-Marie retraité Université de Rouen CARLE Zoé, chercheuse en littérature comparée CARNAC Romain, doctorant en science politique, Université de Lausanne CARU Vanessa, historienne, CNRS CALDERON José, MCF Sociologie Université de Lille CASTAGNINO Florent, sociologue, Université Paris Est CASTEL Nicolas, enseignant-chercheur en sociologie, Université de Lorraine CASTORIO Jean-Noël, historien, Université du Havre CASEVITZ Michel, professeur émérite CAYUELA Marie, doctorante en Histoire, Paris CÉLÉRIER Laure , Professeure adjointe de science politique, Université d’Ottawa, Canada CERVERA-MARZAL, Manuel, sociologue, Université d’Aix-Marseille CHAGNARD Samuel, doctorant en sociologie, Université Lyon 2 CHARBONNIER Sébastien, enseignant-chercheur, Université de Lille CHARBONNIER Vincent, doctorant en philosophie, Université Toulouse 2-Jean-Jaurès CHARENTENAY, Alice, enseignante-chercheuse en littérature, Paris 1 CHAOUAT Gérard, directeur de recherche émérite, CNRS CHARLIER Laurence Maîtresse de Conférences en Anthropologie Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès CHATEAURAYNAUD Francis , sociologue, directeur d’études, EHESS, Paris CHAVANON Morane Docteure en science politique, université Lyon 2 CHOULET Anaïs, doctorante en philosophie, Université Lyon 3 CLARO Mona, sociologue, INED CLEMENT Loréna, doctorante en géographie-aménagement, Paris Nanterre CLERVAL Anne, géographe, Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée CLOTEAU Armèle, sociologue, Université Versaille St-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) COCHARD Alain, Univ. de Strasbourg CODACCIONI Vanessa, Politiste, Université Paris8 COHEN Déborah, historienne, Rouen COHEN Richard, sociologue, Caen COLLOMBON Maya, enseignante-chercheure, Sciences po Lyon-Triangle COMBY Jean-Baptiste, Sociologue COURANT Dimitri, doctorant en science politique, Université de Lausanne Université Paris 8 COQUERY Natacha, historienne, université Lumière Lyon 2 COS Rafael, Politiste COSSÉE Claire, Maître de conférences, Université Paris Est Créteil, LIRTES COURS-SALIES Pierre, sociologue, Paris 8. COUTTE Alexandre, MCF STAPS, Université Paris Nanterre CRUNEL Bérénice, Doctorante en Science Politique, IEP de Toulouse CUILLERAI, Marie Enseignante Chercheuse, Paris, 7 Diderot CUKIER Alexis, Maître de conférences en philosophie, Université de Poitiers DAGNA Sofia, Doctorante en anthropologie, EHESS DANIELI Aude sociologue, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée DARLEY Mathilde, politiste, CNRS DARMON Muriel, Directrice de recherche au CNRS DARRAS Eric, Professeur de science politique, Université de Toulouse DALLA PRIA Yan, maître de conférence, sociologie, université Paris Nanterre DAUVIER Bruno, professeur de psychologie, Université Aix-Marseille DASRE Aurélien, Démographe, Université Paris Nanterre DAYAN-HERZBRUN, Sonia, sociologue, Université Paris Diderot. DAVAULT Corinne, enseignant-chercheur en sociologie, Université de Paris 8 DEBRAY Eva, docteure en philosophie, université Paris 1/université Paris Nanterre DECHEZELLES Stéphanie, enseignant-chercheur en science politique, Sciences Po Aix DECOENE, Astrid, enseignante-chercheuse, mathématiques, Université Paris Sud De COCK Laurence, historienne, enseignante DE LAGASNERIE, Geoffroy, sociologue et philosophe DE LARMINAT Xavier, enseignant-chercheur en science politique, Rouen DELALIEUX Guillaume, Enseignant-chercheur en Sciences de gestion, Sciences Po Lille DELARUE Frédéric, docteur en histoire contemporaine DELORME Pierre-Alexandre, sociologue, Caen DELPHY Christine, féministe et sociologue. DEPUISET marie, UDL DEREGNIEAUX Luc doctorant en géographie, Rennes DESAGE Fabien, enseignant-chercheur en science politique, Lille DESMITT Claire, doctorante en Sciences de l’éducation, Université de Lille DESPRES Aurore, enseignante-chercheur en arts du spectacle, Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté DIRENBERGER Lucia , sociologue, CNRS DIRKX, Paul, sociologue, Université de Lorraine DOUILLET Anne Cécile, politiste, Université de Lille DOULIN-DIMOPOULOS Barbara Doctorante en sociologie à l’université de Rennes 2 DRESSEN-VAGNE Marnix, sociologue, UVSQ DRONGITI Angeliki, Doctorante en sociologie, Université Paris 8 DRUEZ Elodie, doctorante, Sciences Po - Ined DUCLOS Mélanie, docteure en socio-anthropologie, Université de Bretagne occidentale DUFOUR Julien, sociologue, Université de Lorraine DUFOURNET Tanguy, Doctorant en sociologie, Université Lumière Lyon 2 DUFRESNE AUBERTIN Laurence, Doctorante en science politique, CHERPA/IREMAM, Université Aix-Marseille DUMONT Lucile, doctorante et ATER en sociologie, EHESS et Université Paris 1 DURAND Jean-Baptiste, chercheur au CNRS DUTOYA Virginie, chercheuse en science politique, Paris ECKERT Henri, sociologue, Poitiers ENCLOS Philippe, juriste, université de Lille ESPINOLA Artemisa Flores (CRESPPA/Paris 8) ETHUIN Nathalie, politiste, Université de Lille FABRE Gwenaëlle, enseignante-chercheuse en linguistique, Université d’Orléans FALQUET, Jules, MCF en sociologie, université Paris Diderot FARAUD Gabriel, enseignant-chercheur en mathématiques, université Paris Nanterre FARDOUX Olivier, enseignant-chercheur en doit privé et sciences criminelles, Université de Lille FASSIN Eric, sociologue, Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis FAVAREL-GARRIGUES Gilles, chercheur au CNRS FAVIER Irène, enseignante-chercheuse en histoire, Université de Grenoble FERRER-BARTOMEU Jérémie, historien, Univ. Tours-CESR. FERRON Benjamin, sociologue, UPEC FINE Chloé, master études sur le genre, Paris . FISCHBACH Franck, Professeur de philosophie à l’université de Strasbourg FISCHMAN Marianne, sciences économiques et sociales, enseignante, Paris FLAMAND Amélie, sociologue, maîtresse de conférences, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Clermont-Ferrand FLIPO Fabrice, Professeur de philosophie à IMT-BS FLOREZ Marion, géographe, Université de Rennes FONTAINE Jacques MCF honoraire de géographie, Université de Franche-Comté FORT Karën, MCF, informatique, Sorbonne Université FRANCE Lydéric, Maître de Conférences, Géosciences, Université de Lorraine FRIOT Bernard, sociologue, université Paris Nanterre FROUILLOU Leïla, sociologue, université Paris Nanterre GADREY Jean, Professeur honoraire d’économie, Université de Lille GALLOT Fanny, Histoire, Université Paris Est Créteil GARCIN Claudine Docteur en Sciences de l’Education Marseille GARDESSE Camille, sociologue et urbaniste, maîtresse de conférences EUP, Université paris est GARO Isabelle, enseignante en philosophie, Paris GAUDICHAUD Franck, Université Grenoble Alpes GAUTHIER Jérémie, Université de Strasbourg GAY Vincent, université Paris Diderot GERVAIS Julie, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne GIAVARINI Laurence, université de Bourgogne, lettres GILLOT Pascale, MCF Philosophie, Université de Tours GiMENEZ Elsa, Doctorante en sociologie, Université Paris 8 GIROLA, Claudia, Enseignante-chercheuse, Université Paris Diderot GIRY Julien, politiste, Rennes GLON Marie, enseignante-chercheuse en danse, GODET Jean-Luc, enseignant-chercheur en physique, Université d’Angers GOIRAND, Camille, professeur de science politique, Université Paris 3 -Sorbonne Nouvelle GOURDEAU Camille, socio-anthropologue, chercheure associée à l’Urmis, Université Paris Diderot. 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KOP Jean-Luc ,enseignant-chercheur en psychologie, Université de Lorraine KRICHEWSKY Damien Enseignant-chercheur en poste à l’Université de Bonn KRZYWKOWSKI Isabelle, professeure de Littérature comparée, Université Grenoble Alpes LABARTHE Sunniva , Doctorante à l’EHESS LAGARDE Victor, enseignant de philosophie, La Rochelle LAGNEAU-YMONET Paul (Université Paris-Dauphine, IRISSO, MC sociologie) LAGRAVE Rose-Marie, sociologue, EHESS LAHIRE Bernard, sociologue, ENS de Lyon LAMBERT Xavier, PU Arts Plastiques, Toulouse Jean Jaurès LARIAGON Renaud, Géographe, Caen LARRERE Mathilde historienne UPEM Laval christian chercheur associé Lyon 2 LAVAULT Christian, professeur émérite, Université Paris 13 LAVERGNE Cécile, philosophe, Université de Lille LAVERGNE Thomas, doctorant en sociologie, Université Lyon 2 Louis Lumière LE CHÊNE Elen, Doctorante et ATER en science politique, CHERPA/Sciences Po Aix - AMU LEFEBVRE Noémi, Docteure en sciences politiques, Lyon LEFEVRE Cécile, Sociologue, Université paris Descartes LENDARO Annalisa, chercheuse en sociologie politique au CNRS LE ROULLEY Simon, Sociologue, Caen LEROUX Benoit, EC en sociologie, Université de Poitiers LE ROUX Daphné, Docteure en philosophie, Université Paris Nanterre LE ROUX Frédéric, mathématicien, Sorbonne Université LEROY Alice, MCF en études cinématographiques, Université de Paris-Est LEVEQUE Antoine, Doctorant/ATER en science politique, Sciences Po Lyon/Triangle LINDER Audrey , doctorante en sociologie, Université de Lausanne Lindne Kolja r, MCF science politique, Université Paris VIII. 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The Yellow Vests Invite Themselves to the Champs-Élysées

Translated from the original by Rouen dans la rue.

cartier bardi

If they want a perpetrator, I'm right here. Let them come and take me.

Macron spoke on July 24, 2018 before an audience of parliamentarians in the middle of the Benalla affair, which has since become a national scandal. Full of contempt and complacency as ever, the president talked a little bit about it, in schoolyard terms. On December 2nd, 2018, Olympic Marseilles fans responded to Macron's provocation by launching what would become the hymn of the movement.

Emmanuel Macron, you fucking moron – We're coming to get you where you live!

This time it wasn't a boast. Since November 17th, the Yellow Vests have tried and tried again to pick up Macron from his place. From the Élysée. On December 8th, a helicopter was ready to exfiltrate Macron from the Élysée Palace, which had been transformed into a bunker for the occasion. The only reason the Yellow Vests failed was because of Macron's vast security system. The police are the last line of defence for this regime. Rumor has it that all the police forces deployed to protect the Palace last Saturday failed to secure the Champs-Élysées. Bad sport Macron brags at recess and then runs to hide behind the teachers' legs.

We could easily laugh at these Yellow Vests who always sing that they are going to look for Macron but never find him. But it is not so much Macron's body that the Yellow Vests want to attack as the world he represents. He's a flawless incarnation of that world, though. The world of elites and contempt for “nothing people”. The world of oligarchs who we didn't hesitate to call the bourgeoisie not so long ago. The world of capital and financiers who forever lecture the struggling while wallowing in shameless luxury. The world of those who celebrate their presidential victory at Fouquet's or who go skiing while Paris burns. The world of those who would do anything to make this system last.

It's this world that the Yellow Vests sought and found last Saturday on the Champs-Élysées. They systematically destroyed and looted luxury boutiques. They freely distributed chocolate, jewellery, clothing and other finery normally inaccessible. They plundered what some call the most beautiful avenue in the world. The launched waves of successive attacks on the protectors of this world. And finally, they sacrificed Fouquet's, which alone symbolized presidential contempt and the realm of the powerful. “We serve brunch for 95€. Come on in. And away from the beggars.”

The Champs-Élysées is not our avenue. The bourgeoisie are clearly terrified that we rejoice atop the ruins of the old world. Despite the fear, the stakes, the determination – it really was a Yellow Vest celebration that day. The government can spin us as criminals or worse. Did they miss our casual grace? The ease which we reposed on the improvised terrace amidst the smoldering Champs? That elegance proves we don't live like criminals. We're well within our rights.

sprezzatura

If Macron had not taken the helicopter on December 8th, he was forced to take it on March 16th. We plucked him from the slopes, right off his skis. We went and urgently brought him back, where he couldn't pretend that nothing was happening.

“Veni, vedi, vici” said an unsympathetic emperor.

Last Saturday we came, we saw, we conquered. What exactly? Who can say? But for the first time since the beginning of this movement, all the people cried as one: “revolution, revolution, revolution!”

On Fascism’s Gaseous State

gas tanks

Translated from the original by Olivier Long for lundimatin.

”In the corner, Broomstick! Broomstick, no more – hey! I'm your master and I summoned you to serve me and obey!”

– Goethe, The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Imagine for a moment: to please the prince, a master jester offers our sovereign a new, magic potion to freeze the wicked. Imagine he claims this powder can freeze a crowd on the spot, before they can even approach a window (Saturday shopping required). Cold as ice, this enchanting powder would have the virtue, he says, of piercing even the most waterproof lining and mask (FFP2 or FFP3 standard). The substance would make the most robust barricade-builders in our lands drop like flies, mowing down provincial mother and Parisian handyman alike.

One can well imagine the seduction of this infallible charm on the novice magician. The spell's power would aid exhausted halberds – a refreshing breeze for the club deliverymen. What's the point of smashing skulls and carcasses again? Cudgels only enrage the rabble. Even while standing at attention, the baton-bearers realize their hard work won't bring them a cent. The back-breakers and bone-crushers (like the hated Anti-Criminality Brigade or BAC, among other gangs) can't make much hay when their labor provokes the International Criminal Court.

The powder gas is the magical promise to avoid any contact with the people, sparing troops while neutralizing threats. With this new enchantment and confident in his ability, the warlock-prince can quietly mount the summits to observe how his little farce plays out. Behold, he shone anew, afar: “Snow star, wondrous country, where lovers live in harmony”. From his tele-throne, the satisfied enchanter covers the crowd with clichés, projecting his inimitable sarcastic smile far and wide.

The use of this new charm would explain the morning of Saturday, March 16th: the constable stands quietly at a distance, valet standing by, ready for service. The crowd stood abreast oblivion, copiously sprinkled with bewitching elixir in the cauldron that is “the world's most beautiful avenue”.

But did we remember the formula, exactly? Did we pick the right ingredients? Is the dosage off? Maybe we reversed the proportions of incapacitating and irritating? Stuck, sealed in the gas cauldron, the vests were looking for a way out. They hastily rushed the guard and soon took revenge. Woe! Woe! Woe! How can we command the spirits now? And here are the poor windows left defenseless – France weeps for sad Fouquet's. Even the most Promethean princes' creatures can get out of hand. Friends, heed Marx’s warning:

Modern bourgeois society, with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the netherworld whom he has called up by his spells.

– The Communist Manifesto

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