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“An impressive day” – review of the strike and demonstration in #Paris on December 5

Last Thursday, around 1 million people in France took part in nationwide demonstrations against the government’s plans to “reform” the pension system, i.e. raising the age of entry and cut pensions. (1) Only members of the police are to be excluded, as the government stated just before the 5th of December, after trade union representatives of the cops had declared that they also wanted to take part in the protests. Work stoppages occurred mainly in the public sector, train cancellations of the state railways were high, metros were rare in the Paris metropolitan area and many bus lines were also cancelled. Flight operations were also disrupted. There were also extensive work stoppages among teachers and health workers, who have been fighting for months for better working conditions and better pay. In the private sector, there were hardly any strike actions, but since Thursday, work has been suspended in the majority of the major oil refineries, here the majority of the workers are organized in the CGT and the workforces are one of the last bastions of the classic, militant working class. At the same time, roads and roundabouts have been blocked nationwide, although to a much lesser extent compared to the beginnings of the Gilets Jaunes movement.

A review of the first big day of action and the attack on the new “pension reform” from the point of view of a participant.

This is a translation of the German version which was translated by Sebastian Lotzer. The original report was published by Paris-Luttes.

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#Paris: Call for an internationalist bloc at demo on the first day of unlimited strike

Paris. Shortly after the historic and almost total strike of September 13 at RATP, five unions – UNSA (majoritaire section), CFE-CGC (executives), FO, Sud RATP ( ousted from Solidaires), and Solidaires RATP – signed a joint statement calling for an unlimited strike as of December 5. Unlimited. Since then, there have been dozens of calls for renewal in all sectors, public and private. The Gilets Jaunes and students announced that they will join the actions. On December 5 there will be an internationalist block at the strike demo in Paris. What follows is the call for the internationalist bloc.

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#GiletsJaunes: A strategic essay on the weekend of November 16/17 in #Paris

For the coming weekend, the Gilets Jaunes are mobilizing nationwide to Paris to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of their movement. The Gilets Jaunes have announced actions on the Champs Elysees, occupations, spontaneous demos,…

In Nov/Dec last year, the state apparatus was repeatedly surprised, the most noble districts of the city centre were devastated, luxury shops and jewellery shops were looted (jewellery worth 2 million was stolen from Dior alone), and police units were forced to flee in many places. Here now the translation of the considerations of some Gilets Jaunes, which were originally published on Paris Luttes Infos and translated in German by Sebastian Lotzer. We translated his translation into English.

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#YellowVests (or not) – For a #MayDay of combat – Direct anti-capitalist action

Gilets Jaunes and Black Bloc activists: Another call for a combative May Day in Paris.

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#MayDay 2019 in #Paris: The #YellowVests take the lead of the demo – #GiletsJaunes meets #BlackBloc

May Day 2018 was a day of running battles in Paris. After 6 months of revolt by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests), there are calls for a united demo of Black Bloc activists and the Yellow Vests on this years May Day in Paris.

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The #GiletsJaunes: Understanding the resistance of an insurrection

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.

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Call of #YellowVests from #Paris east side

We reproduce here our call, that of “Gilets Jaunes” from eastern Paris, gathered around similar observations. We are unable to spread it on social networks, probably because of censorship. If some find our approach relevant, they are free to spread it by their own means.

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