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Third Night in Republic Square #NuitDebout Protests

Several hundred demonstrators occupy the Paris market, since Thursday’s event …

They do not sleep, it’s the “night stand”. They do not all have the same hopes, not the same claims, but the same desire. They call it the “convergence of struggles.”For three nights, hundreds of protesters occupied the Republic Square in the heart of Paris, in the wake of the protest against the labor law. In the morning, the few dozen who are still there are dislodged by the police.


3jours de sitting contre la loi El Khomri place…

tarpaulins stretched between trees in the square, a scene where one improvises a rap to the microphone, sandwiches prepared by volunteers and slogans that have an air of déjà vu. “I class struggle”, “General Dream,” “disobey unjust laws.”

Law work, police violence or right to housing.

Here, the fighters – who sleep little, “night stand” forces – are rather young, but not all. Some are against the labour law, others denounce “the security excesses”, “police violence”. Others insist the fight for the right to housing.


“Do not defend the place of the Republic, but to defend our place in the Republic,” exclaims Michel megaphone. “We must stop wanting to organize a movement, otherwise it stops being a movement.” Applause from the crowd gathered in the rain Saturday night.

“Something is being born”

No structure, a feature of the phenomenon “Night Stand” (worn by its hashtag on social networks). Tents scattered about the place, no organizers, but the commissions created in haste: action, communication, stewardship etc. “It decentralizes, and we decided to while AG: there are hundreds of people who must work together overnight,” says Cassian, 24.

“Something is being born,” Oumar analysis, 18, a multicolored bandanna on his head. “Now I see not what it looks like,” he added.

outraged the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, a spontaneous movement emerged in May 2011 in Spain to protest austerity and corruption … The comparison is tempting. “It’s the same mode of action,” admits Anna, 23, a photographer. But for her, this is “much more prosaic and desperate.” “We must restore confidence in their own power to people, she said. We made them believe they were powerless. “

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