Several hundred people attended on Saturday 9th April at a general meeting of the movement #NuitDebout at place de la Republique. Sitting Calmly listening to speeches …
After the original #Nuitdebout in Paris and now spreading to Rennes, Nantes,Lyon, Strasbourg and more than 20 other cities in France, the #NuitDebout movement held its first rally in Bordeaux on Saturday, at Place de la Republique.
Several hundred people gathered at place de la Republique and participated in the general meeting held from 7pm till 10pm in a calm fashion.
The collective #NuitDebout in Bordeaux is an informal forum that emphasizes in its statement on the fact that the gathering is “independent of any party, trade union or political organization.” It invites people “who want to take their future in hand”.
A waiting list to speak at the assembly
Around 7pm, participants were invited to sit and a member of the group recalls some safety rules (the ban on fire in the square, for example) and the presence of bins to leave the site clean. Another member said the public gestures that allow to show his approval, opposition etc. during interventions.
After a few minutes of development, the organizers completely disappear to give voice to people mobilized.
If there is a few minutes of delay at the start, requests from speakers were taken quickly many and a waiting list is organized to handle the influx. So no one monopolized the floor, speeches are limited to a few minutes per person.
So that everyone can express themselves, a young woman suggested that a “town crier” can relay the word of people who want to deliver a message but who dare not come before the crowd, microphone in hand . Later in the evening, one of the participants played the role of mouthpiece.
The words taken have succeeded in quiet, for three hours. Many topics were discussed by stakeholders, beyond the reform of the labour code carried by the Minister Myriam El Khomri, in the spirit of building a model more just society.
The dozens of speakers denounced the power of banks, the richest 1%, unbridled consumption that harms the environment, equity redundancies etc. Many have called for a general strike. Written contributions were hung on the court’s gates at the end of this #NuitDebout.
— NuitDebout Bordeaux (@NuitDebout33) April 10, 2016
Working commissions that reflect thematic were created and mobilization continues in the coming days on the Place de la Republique. “We are still babies with this mobilization since at Paris, 9 #NuitDebout have been organized. It was our time to propose ideas, “said a young man at the microphone.