Now please tell me that this is how vadalising, populistic, right-wing extremist demonstrators are looking like…
Demonstrations in France by the movement "Yellow West" all over the country. Paris tomorrow may be paralysed.
Since the start of the demonstrations over two weeks ago the loss due to a massive shortfall in consumption tax is certainly significant higher than the revenue from a questionable "eco-tax" in 6 months will ever be. Most shops, business centres and large supermarkets are not really blocked but shopping is not easy and people beginn to think about the power of consumerism.
The demand of the "yellow vests" (#GiletJaunes) is to take the disputed fuel tax off and goes up to the demands for the resignation of the French President Macron because of a more than vaguely formulated eco-tax.
The demonstrators put it this way: "He wants us to give him money for the planet and in 10 years the climate will be saved, Macron says, - until then we have lost our jobs because we can not even pay the fuel to go to work". They also say that the President has lost his sense for reality and is living in a cloud cuckoo cloud.
Some of the demonstrator where angry that Macron even did a handshake with Mohammad Bin Salman who is accused for being involved of the murder of a Saudi dissident journalist: "But he is talking to murderess but not to us!"
Other member of the movement wanted that their talk with Prime minster Philipe must be televised live, so not twisting of what is being said can happened, - which the Prime minster refused…
One of the reasons for their anger is that many "yellow vest" activists are absolutely convinced that the revenue of this "eco-tax" Macron will simply invest in private-public partnerships, so ultimately only the most prosperous come to benefit while the rest of the population despite work will end up in ever greater poverty and slipping more into a precarious life.
Most of the demonstrators are older people who live in the countryside and work in the city, so very high commuters have costs. Many need about 12 hours a day just about all aspects of their working day to most and have at the end of the month only 1600 euros salary.
The majority has lost confidence in politics. As with Trump, democratic elections in France brought inexperienced, less accountable candidates with vague promises into power acting surprisingly autocratically. It would not come as a surprise if these disappointed voters will give votes in the next election to probably even more irresponsible populists.