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« Reply #75 on: November 25, 2018, 10:48:00 AM »

Thousands of French protesters clash with police, call for Macron’s resignation over gas taxes



Thousands of French protesters flooded the nation’s capital Saturday to demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial fuel tax increase -- clashing with policies as they called for Macron’s resignation.

The angry clashes, both in Paris and other towns and cities across the country, mark the eighth day of “yellow jacket” protests against the tax, but have also come to encompass a growing anger against Macron and the French ruling class -- seen by many as out of touch.

The yellow jackets have become a uniform of sorts for the protesters, originating from the neon yellow jackets French drivers are required to keep in their vehicles.

Authorities said that at least 8,000 protesters flooded the Champs-Elysees in Paris alone, with 81,000 protesters in total nationwide compared to 244,000 last Saturday. Police deployed some 3,000 security forces after an attempt to march on the Elysee Palace last week.

Police used smoke, tear gas and even a water cannon to try and disperse the protesters, Le Monde reported.

Officials said that a no-go zone, set up around key areas including the presidential palace and the National Assembly on the Left Bank of the Seine River, has not been breached.

At least eight people, including two police officers, were injured, while dozens of protesters were detained, including for throwing projectiles.

In La Madeleine, an area filled with luxury brand shops popular with tourists, businesses shut down due to the protests.


Demonstrators created a fire barricade and began chanting “Macron resign!” when tear gas was launched at them, sparking a brief dash. Thick black smoke was billowing into the sky and the area was completely shut down

French police appeared have created a barricade in the area to prevent the protesters from joining the rest of the group at the Elysee Palace. Sky News reported that other protesters sang the national anthem, called Macron a thief and demanded his resignation.

In other cities, such as Lyon and Marseille, protests were more peaceful.

The diesel fuel tax has gone up seven euro cents (nearly eight U.S. cents) and will keep climbing in coming years, according to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne. The tax on gasoline is set to increase by four euro cents. Gasoline currently costs about 1.64 euros a liter in Paris ($7.06 a gallon), slightly more than diesel.

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I wish them well & Hope that Ponce of a PM gets kicked out.
Though sadly that’s likely a long shot.
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« Reply #76 on: December 02, 2018, 04:50:49 AM »

France May Impose Emergency To Contain Worst Civil Unrest In A Decade





Paris: France will consider imposing a state of emergency to prevent a recurrence of some of the worst civil unrest in more than a decade and urged peaceful protesters to come to the negotiating table, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Sunday.

Groups of young men with faces masked, some carrying metal bars and axes, rioted on the streets of central Paris on Saturday, setting a dozen vehicles ablaze and torching buildings.

"We have to think about the measures that can be taken so that these incidents don't happen again," Griveaux told Europe 1 radio.

The authorities were caught off guard by the escalation in violence after two weeks of nationwide protests against fuel taxes and living costs, known as the "yellow vest" movement after fluorescent jackets kept in all vehicles in France.

President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency meeting with the prime minister and interior minister later on Sunday to discuss the riots and how to begin a dialogue with the protest movement, which has no real structure or leadership.

When asked about imposing a state of emergency, Griveaux said it would be among the options considered on Sunday.

"It is out of the question that each weekend becomes a meeting or ritual for violence."

Protests began on November 17 and quickly grew thanks to social media, with protesters blocking roads across France and impeding access to shopping malls, factories and some fuel depots.

Authorities said violent groups from the far right and far left as well as "thugs" from the suburbs had infiltrated the yellow vests movement in Paris on Saturday, although Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said most of those arrested were regular protesters who had been egged on by fringe groups.

Speaking on BFM TV late on Saturday, Castaner said the authorities had put all security measures in place to prevent the violence, but that they had faced extremely violent, organised and determined groups.


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« Reply #77 on: December 03, 2018, 12:53:27 PM »

Yellow vests are being called everything but what they are in the media....march on.
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« Reply #78 on: December 03, 2018, 04:13:39 PM »

PC GONE MAD: Criticising migration could become CRIMINAL offence under new plan



The United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration seeks to make immigration a universal human right. MEP Marcel de Graaff said: “I would like to say some words on the global compact on migration. On the 10th and 11th of December there will be an international congress in Marrakesh Morocco. The participating countries are set to sign this agreement and although this joint agreement is not binding it is still meant to be the legal framework on which the participating countries commit themselves to build new legislation.

“One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech.

“The agreement wants to criminalise migration speech. Criticism of migration will become a criminal offence.

“Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down.

“The compact for migration is legalisation of mass migration.

“It is declaring migration as a human right so it will, in effect, become impossible to criticise Mrs Merkel’s welcome migrants politics without being at risk of being jailed for hate speech.”

In 2015 Angela Merkel pushed for an open-door migration policy across the EU. Critics said the move was motivated by Germany’s need to boost its workforce by at least one million.

The document is an "intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, that covers all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner”.

Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland have already stated they will not sign the agreement.

One of the “guiding principles” of the document asks for a “whole-of-society approach” to promoting mass migration, including the role of the media.

Governments are asked to “promote independent, objective and quality reporting… and stopping allocation of public funding or material support to media outlets that systematically promote intolerance, xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination towards migrants”.

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday that Italy will not sign the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration next month.

He said: "Just like the Swiss, who carried forward the Global Compact up until yesterday and then said 'everyone stop', the Italian government will not sign anything and will not go to Marrakech.

"The floor of parliament must debate it. The Italian government will allow parliament to decide.”

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned the migration document tackles issues citizens are divided on.

Mr Conte said: "The Global Migration Compact is a document that raises issues and questions that many citizens have strong feelings about.

"Therefore, we consider it right to put the debate in parliament and subject any final decision on the outcome of that debate, as Switzerland has done.

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« Reply #79 on: December 03, 2018, 04:17:55 PM »

Spain’s Socialists take hit in Andalusia vote as far right wins seats


Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Andalucia regional president Susana Díaz, both from the Socialist party | Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party took a beating Sunday in an election in Andalusia that saw the far right win seats in one of the country’s regional parliaments for the first time in decades.

The Socialists (PSOE) — which have ruled the southern region uninterrupted for 36 years — came in first but could lose their grip on power if parties on the right team up against them.

The results spell difficulties ahead for Sánchez, who will face local, regional and European ballots next May — and who is also expected to call a snap general election sometime next year.

With over 99 percent of the ballots counted, the PSOE won 33 seats out of 109 — down 14 from the last election in 2015. The far-right Vox party won 12 seats.

Vox’s success marks the first time a far-right party has won seats in either the national parliament or one of the country’s regional chambers since 1982. Until Sunday, Spain had been spared the right-wing populist surge found elsewhere in Europe. Many analysts say Vox’s performance in Andalusia could pave the way for further growth at the national level.

The conservative Popular Party came in second with 26 seats — a loss of seven seats from 2015 — while the liberal Ciudadanos gained 12 additional seats, winning 21 in total.

Overall, left-leaning parties won about 44 percent of the vote — down from 57 percent in 2015 — and 50 seats, while right-leaning parties won about 50 percent of the vote and 59 seats.

Juanma Moreno — the local leader of the Popular Party — said as the results came in that he would try to replace the Socialists’ incumbent regional leader, Susana Díaz, which would require parliamentary support from Ciudadanos and the far-right Vox.

“We know today that Andalusia has voted for change and therefore it will have change,” Moreno told reporters. “Forty years of Socialist hegemony in Andalusia has ended tonight.”

Yet Ciudadanos — which came in third place — called on other parties to support their own local candidate for the regional presidency. Díaz said the far right should be blocked from entering government — and she should stay in power.

“I call on all political forces to rein in the extreme right,” Díaz said, blaming poor turnout for the loss of votes on the left. About 59 percent of voters cast their ballots, 3 percentage points lower than the 2015 turnout.

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« Reply #80 on: December 04, 2018, 09:00:34 AM »

Macron's popularity hits new low amid French protests - poll

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's approval ratings hit new lows as the "yellow vest" protests gathered pace, according to an Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match and Sud Radio published on Tuesday.

Macron's approval rating fell to 23 percent in the poll conducted late last week, down six points on the previous month. Philippe's rating fell 10 points to 26 percent.

The president's score matches the low charted by his predecessor Francois Hollande in late 2013, according to Paris Match. Hollande was then considered to be the least popular leader in modern French history.

The first "yellow vest" demonstrations were held on Nov. 17 to contest fuel-tax rises, and have since evolved into a broader protest movement and anti-Macron uprising.

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« Reply #81 on: December 04, 2018, 09:29:41 PM »

Macron's popularity hits new low amid French protests - poll

PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's approval ratings hit new lows as the "yellow vest" protests gathered pace, according to an Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match and Sud Radio published on Tuesday.

Macron's approval rating fell to 23 percent in the poll conducted late last week, down six points on the previous month. Philippe's rating fell 10 points to 26 percent.

The president's score matches the low charted by his predecessor Francois Hollande in late 2013, according to Paris Match. Hollande was then considered to be the least popular leader in modern French history.

The first "yellow vest" demonstrations were held on Nov. 17 to contest fuel-tax rises, and have since evolved into a broader protest movement and anti-Macron uprising.

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Great more good news.
Liberal Ponce married his Grandmother
Him & Merkel need to go the sooner the Better
For all of Europe.
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« Reply #82 on: December 05, 2018, 07:25:55 AM »

Great more good news.
Liberal Ponce married his Grandmother
Him & Merkel need to go the sooner the Better
For all of Europe.

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« Reply #83 on: December 05, 2018, 08:36:45 AM »

Slovakia government refuse free migration policies, proposed by UN.
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« Reply #84 on: December 05, 2018, 07:53:40 PM »

Slovakia government refuse free migration policies, proposed by UN.


18 countries so far


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« Reply #85 on: December 08, 2018, 07:58:02 AM »

Clashes as yellow vest protests grow in Belgium, Netherlands





BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel after they tried to breach a riot barricade, as the movement that started in France made its mark Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Protesters in Brussels threw paving stones, road signs, fireworks, flares and other objects at police blocking their entry to an area where Michel’s offices, other government buildings and the parliament are located.

Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said that around 400 protesters were gathered in the area.


About 100 were detained, many for carrying dangerous objects like fireworks or clothing that could be used as protection in clashes with police.

The reasons for the protests are not entirely clear. Neither Belgium nor the Netherlands has proposed a hike in fuel tax — the catalyst for the massive and destructive demonstrations in France in recent weeks.

Instead, protesters appeared to hail at least in part from a populist movement that is angry at government policy in general and what it sees as the widening gulf between mainstream politicians and the voters who put them in power. Some in Belgium appeared intent only on confronting police.

Earlier in Brussels, police used pepper spray and scuffled with a small group of protesters who tried to break through a barricade blocking access to the European Parliament and the European Union’s other main institutions.

The rallies, which started at different locations around the city and converged on the European quarter, disrupted road and rail traffic on one of the busiest Christmas shopping days of the year.

Walking behind a banner reading “social winter is coming,” the protesters chanted ”(French President Emmanuel) Macron, Michel resign.”

Dozens of people were searched as they arrived, and police warned people to stay away from the area.

Several hundred police officers were mobilized. Last week, yellow vest protesters clashed with police and torched two police vehicles in the same area. More than 70 people were detained.

In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, a few hundred protesters in the high-visibility vests that have become a symbol of the movement walked peacefully across the downtown Erasmus Bridge singing a song about the Netherlands and handing flowers to passers-by.

Sisters Beb and Ieneke Lambermont, aged 76 and 67 respectively, were among them.


“Our children are hard-working people but they have to pay taxes everywhere. You can’t get housing anymore. It is not going well in Dutch society,” Ieneke said. “The social welfare net we grew up with is gone,” she said.

“The government is not there for the people. It is there to protect its own interests,” she said.

About 100 protesters gathered in a peaceful demonstration outside the Dutch parliament in The Hague. At least two protesters were detained by police in central Amsterdam.

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