So now you care about France’s brutal treatment of protesters?

Those outraged about the roughing-up of climate protesters ignored the vicious crackdown on the gilets jaunes.


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Shocking footage has emerged from France of peaceful protesters being pepper-sprayed at close range by the police. Around 90 people joined the Extinction Rebellion protests in Paris last week, staging a sit-in on a bridge to protest against climate change. When the protesters refused to move from the road they were blocking, the police attempted to clear them by pepper-spraying them in the face.

The police’s actions have rightly drawn widespread condemnation. France’s interior minister has ordered an investigation into the incident. The footage has been circulated in the international media. The Twitter blue-ticks have been out in force, condemning the police’s action. Even climate Wunderkind Greta Thunberg has voiced her disapproval.

But this all raises an important question: if these people are so concerned about police brutality against protesters, why have they kept quiet about the vicious crackdown on the gilets jaunes? The gilets jaunes have been protesting in France – week in, week out – for over six months. They have had to run the gauntlet of tear gas, police batons and rubber bullets every weekend. And yet there has been barely any coverage of the police’s actions – let alone condemnation.

As of this week, the French police stand accused of causing 861 serious injuries to yellow-vest protesters: one woman has been killed, 314 have suffered head injuries, 24 have been permanently blinded, and five have had their hands blown off. Police have attacked disabled people and the elderly. While the aggressive handling of a few climate protesters has caused huge consternation, the cruel brutality shown towards hundreds of gilets jaunes has barely registered.

Why? The gilets jaunes protests were first sparked by the introduction of green taxes which hiked the price of diesel, putting a severe strain on people’s living standards. The initial explosion of yellow-vest anger resulted from a clash between environmental demands for austerity and popular demands for improved living standards. One popular yellow-vest slogan goes: ‘The government talks about the end of the world – we are worried about the end of the month.’ It is clear that the gilets jaunes are genuinely anti-establishment, while the climate protesters, although scruffy in appearance, align with the views of the establishment. And while the gilets jaunes are largely working-class, climate activists tend to be well-off.

But whatever the differences between Extinction Rebellion and the gilets jaunes, perhaps if more people had been willing to take a stand against the police brutality towards the yellow vests, the needless roughing-up of the climate protesters would have been avoided.

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Marvin Jones

6th July 2019 at 4:57 pm

What is it these eco terrorists want? give up our cars and all modes of transport? go back to horse and bullock carts? no, animal cruelty. Go back to living in caves, can’t burn coal or wood to keep warm, or kill animals to use their hides to keep warm, no. What the FUCK do they want?

Eras Bonus-Mus

10th July 2019 at 8:23 am

They want us to die.

gershwin gentile

3rd July 2019 at 1:48 pm

“perhaps if more people had been willing to take a stand against the police brutality towards the yellow vests, the needless roughing-up of the climate protesters would have been avoided.”

You mean, if the middle class eco fascists had NOT cared about diesel pollution, and supported people, who let’s face it were protesting AGAINST the enviro-political thought of the Eco fascists, then… No, not surprised no one put their name to this.

People who supported the ideals of the Yellow vests would have supported them. People who didn’t wouldn’t.

Police brutality is an awful thing…. Even if it does happen in this country, but s***** don’t bother to mention it… Some what hypocritically.

Is it end of term? Are you bored? Staring out the window?

Jerry Owen

3rd July 2019 at 8:52 am

How did ER get there .. Wind power ?

Eras Bonus-Mus

10th July 2019 at 8:24 am

Hot air.

jessica christon

3rd July 2019 at 7:38 am

The yellow vests were labelled as “far right” and “Islamophobic” protests from the get-go, so if they get roughed up a bit so what, they deserve it. But the climate protesters are peaceful Greta Thunbergs with a good message, so treating them badly is an outrage. I’m sure that’s some of the logic of the MSM about it anyway.

Hana Jinks

3rd July 2019 at 3:58 am

The sight of technocratic areseholes getting strung up by the nuts will soon be a regular feature in European cities.


2nd July 2019 at 11:17 pm

Yes they would. The difference between them and the establishment on the environment is not one of kind, but of degree. They are simply more radical on the issue than the government

Jonnie Henly

2nd July 2019 at 9:54 pm

“while the climate protesters, although scruffy in appearance, align with the views of the establishment.”

If that were true they wouldn’t be out protesting against the government would they?

Alan Healy

2nd July 2019 at 11:13 pm

Maybe they’re protesting in favour of the establishment ? By making utterly ridiculous demands they might be providing camouflage for the government’s merely ridiculous climate policies .

Jerry Owen

3rd July 2019 at 7:52 am

Little Jonnie
They side with the establishments view on climate change. They are demonstrating because they want the establishment to do much much more.
There made it easy for you !

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