A background analysis of the yellow vests movement, after five months of mobilisation. A return to the salient points of this long sequence of struggle: the articulation strike-blockage and economic struggle-political struggle; the centrality of democratic issues; and the prospects of Commercy/Saint-Nazaire.Continue reading The #GiletsJaunes: Understanding the resistance of an insurrection
Here is a quick translation of an important piece on the French lundi matin website, close to The Invisible Committee. Radical ecologists call for a convergence with the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement in the struggle against the neoliberal system which is destroying the living planet.Continue reading Green and yellow: our common struggle against liberal-fascism – #ClimateJustice meets #GiletsJaunes
Make no mistake, the Gilets Jaunes are in this for the long haul. Today, April 13, was the twenty-second successive Saturday that they have taken to the streets in huge numbers to revolt against President Emmanuel Macron’s neoliberal regime.Continue reading #GiletsJaunes: “This is a turning point in history!”
On the weekend of April 5-7, more than 800 Yellow Vest delegates from all over France gathered in the town of Saint-Nazaire for the second Assembly of the Assemblies of the Gilets Jaunes movement.Continue reading #GiletsJaunes: “We must exit capitalism”
French territory: Callout for a weekend in Nancy with workshops, a ball, and a big demonstration in resistance to the planned nuclear waste dumping site in Bure, 50 km away from Nancy.Continue reading #Bure’s wind: Next stop #Nancy on June 1& 2
A critique of violence … For an aimless violence: “the yellow vests demand without knowing what” or the injunction to compromise with power.
The political soothsayers and diviners will cynically proclaim the yellow vests’ movement dead: Act XXI brought less than 25,000 people into the streets this last Saturday.
We however refuse to be political accountants. And rebellions and revolutions have never been about numbers, but about the intensity of the desires and creativity unleashed.
And we will continue to share the movement(s)’ voices.Continue reading The #GiletsJaunes: Understanding the movement(s) beyond final defeat or victory
Le Monde‘s front page of Tuesday, March 19th, reads “L’Exécutif contraint de répondre aux violence [“The Executive is constrained/obliged to respond to the violence”]”. Yet as the yellow vests movement(s) enters its fourth month, after thousands have been gassed and beaten, after thousands have been arrested, after hundreds have been hurt and dozens crippled or blinded, it is difficult to know how to take the title.Continue reading The #GiletsJaunes: The people are constrained to respond to the violence
Never before had the Champs-Élysées truly been “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. For a day, this artery, this symbol of luxury, became the embodiment of a regained common power.Continue reading #GiletsJaunes: #Paris is ours!
We published recently on our blog, as we had access to them and they reached us, some documents produced by and around the “yellow vest” movement that has been shaking France since several weeks. The following is a kind of introduction to all of them (an introduction that we usually publish before, indeed).Continue reading Class War 09/2019: #YellowVests