Yellow Vests: New Day of Mobilisation before the National Debate, Fears of Violence

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New day od mobilisations of the Yellow Vests

This Saturday, the act 9 of the “Yellow Vests” could mobilise still many demonstrators everywhere in France whereas the government must launch a big “national debate” on Tuesday.

“No class struggle, all with the Bourgeois”: for their ninth Saturday of mobilization, the ” yellow vests ” want to mount a new hotbed of protest in Bourges , in addition to Paris, to demonstrate that their anger is not extinguished , three days of the national debate supposed to appease the crisis.

If we still know its magnitude, the mobilisation could, according to the boss of the national police, return to the level before Christmas: December 15, 66 000 people were counted in France, according to official figures challenged by the “yellow vests “.

In recent days, more “yellow vests” were mobilised: nearly 2500 were identified, according to a source close.

For the first time since the beginning of the movement, a great call was made for a rally in Bourges . It is, according to Priscillia Ludosky , one of the historical figures of “yellow vests” to “demonstrate our unity in the center of France”.

An appointment given to Bourges

As she explained Friday evening on “Vécu, the yellow vest media”: “It happens in Bourges because many regions have already moved, especially in Paris. Bourges is the center of France “, in addition to its homophony with the” bourgeois “which some enjoy.

The prefect of the Cher has arranged to ban any gathering in the historic center of the city and museums, gardens and public buildings of the city will remain closed on Saturday. Time stamps and street furniture were dismantled, and banks protected their facades with plywood sheets.

Other calls were launched to meet in Paris, including Eric Drouet, one of the initiators of the movement that began two months ago. The precise location will probably only be revealed at the last moment.

Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner, during a visit to the police
Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner, during a visit to the police in Châtel-Saint-Germain, on January 10, 2019. (© AFP / Archives / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN)

“Not to break the cop”

“I want a lot of people, show that the people are there, show that the numbers they say are arch-fake. If it turns a little vinegar, I will back, “says Patrick Lerest, 62, yellow vest in Nemours (Seine-et-Marne).

“I’m not going to break the cop, he continues. I want a quiet demo. My goal is not to take full face. We are all tired of being gassed.”

The police chief of Paris fears indeed “more radical”, claiming to observe “week after week a drift towards more and more violent behaviour”.

The level of mobilisation of the security forces has thus returned to its level of mid-December with 80 000 police forces deployed, including 5000 in Paris, where wheeled armoured vehicles of the gendarmerie will return.

“Those who call tomorrow’s demonstrations know that there will be violence and so they have their share of responsibility. That things are clear, “said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner , interviewed on Facebook by Brut , a media acclaimed by the” yellow vests “.

The images of the riots in the streets of Paris, especially on December 1, had shocked France but also abroad, leading to a decline in the number of tourists in the capital in recent months.

Since the beginning of the movement, 10 people have died on blocking points and over 1600 people have been injured, 58 of them seriously.

A little behind with the holiday season, the mobilisation is on the rise and violence erupted, especially in Paris, during the Act 8 , January 5.

The entry of a ministry, where the spokesman of the government Benjamin Griveaux was, was smashed by a construction machine, while an ex-boxer, Christophe Dettinger, had struck gendarmes on a footbridge above from the Seine.

Travellers call to block Paris

On several videos, Travellers called for mobilisation Saturday in Paris in support of the latter, nicknamed the “Gypsy Massy”.

On Friday, the head of state on the contrary called on the French to seize the “great opportunity” that represents the great debate, which should begin Tuesday.

This consultation “is an essential moment and very useful for our country,” said the president, who will publish Monday the “letter to the French” in which he will explain the purposes of the debate.

He praised “the sense of the effort,” adding that “the troubles that our society is going through are sometimes due to the fact that far too many of our fellow citizens think that something can be achieved” without this effort being made.

Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg, Lille, Nantes, Metz, Nancy Rennes, Nîmes, Bar-le-Duc, Besançon or Saint-Brieuc … Meetings are planned all over the country.

Some also call for massive cash withdrawals from distributors, without raising the concerns of the banking sector.

The Yellow Vests
The “yellow vests”. (© AFP /)

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