Yellow Vests – Not All What They Seem

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Media throughout the world have been broadcasting their own versions of les Gilets jaunes protest marches in France over the last two months. I’ve not seen one that hasn’t focused on the violence and damage to property inflicted during these protests.

Please note, I wrote ‘during’, not, ‘by the protesters’. ‘Les Gilets jaunes’ are ordinary French people doing that which the citizens of many other countries should be copying: making their voices heard by a government no longer doing its job of representing the people – all the people, not just the top, wealthy, one percent of society.

Unfortunately, as is so frequently the case, these protests are infiltrated by ultra-right anarchists hijacking peaceful protests and committing violence and mayhem on the streets of French towns. These thugs camouflage themselves by wearing similar yellow hi-visibility vests as the genuine protesters. That way they can move among them more easily without being noticed.

Compare the image above with the one below. Peaceful protesters, like those in the top image, have no need to hide their identity. Only thugs out to cause mayhem cover their faces, like the anonymous criminal below:

Then, of course, there are the copycat brigade. Unable to think of any emblem to identify their own particular bee-in-the-bonnet, they’ll steal someone else’s…

…no, this is not a bunch of wayward Frenchies desperate to be British, it’s British ‘yellow vest’ protesters causing mayhem outside the UK parliament. Hands up anyone who can spot one intelligent face among them. Don’t think for a moment these people are siding with the French movement, who disavow any affiliation with them. They’re the Brexiteer brigade using violent protest to try and ensure they get their own way over the handling of Brexit.

This guy, on the right…

…is James Goddard, one of the rabble leaders. Facebook has just taken down his page. The right-wing rag, “Voice of Europe” is loving every minute:

Activist James Goddard, who is part of the movement and targeted Westminster Bridge, just yards away from the British Parliament told Politicalite: “This is just the start.”

“We wanna see people out on the streets challenging the political class.” “We’re gonna bring cities to a standstill, We all need to start doing this”

“There’s no funding, there’s no leader or political affiliation, this is real people taking action, without the help of people who are high up.”[1]

There’s no funding, says Goddard, except his private PayPal account:

FB have silenced me & I now have journos outside my mums house, all for approaching a politician about her views! I rely on the support of REAL people to carry on doing what we’re doing, if you would like to support me the link is here:

Ooops, sorry James, it looks like Facebook’s not the only one you’ve fallen out with…

From Goddard’s Twitter feed

…no Learjet yet, then.

The Guardian today (OPINION: Gaby Hinsliff) reveals the disgusting antics of these anarchists outside parliament, as they harass politicians and pro-remain [in Europe] journalists:

This is thuggishness, pure and simple. There’s no other way of characterising the ugly scenes unfolding outside parliament, where prominent remainer MPs, journalists and activists now run a daily gauntlet of intimidation.
It was painful to watch an unbelievably composed Anna Soubry battle her way into her office through a crowd of protesters chanting “scum” and calling her a Nazi. Soubry is as resilient as they come and she kept her dignity, but she looked so horribly vulnerable in this situation crackling with barely repressed violence. It is even harder to see police officers stand by and do nothing as a handful of men in hi-vis costume hold public debate hostage by screeching abuse at pro-remain MPs, journalists and anyone else they recognise from the telly. (I say anyone; there’s a wearily familiar pattern emerging, and it’s that women, people of colour and other minorities get it worst. Sky TV’s Kay Burley tweeted that she now needs personal security just to get on and off College Green, where broadcasters have been conducting live interviews with MPs for decades without this kind of interruption. The anti-Brexit campaigner Femi Oluwole and my colleague Owen Jones have also been targeted.) [2]

I’m all in favour of people rising in protest at the unfairness of their society. It’s not just happening in France, but elsewhere in Europe, particularly in eastern nations like Hungary[3] and Poland[4] where ultra right-wing parties have commandeered power. Sadly, it’s not happening in one country that needs it more than most – the USA.

Unless ordinary folk make a stand against tyranny it will spread, as it is already doing, across the globe. It’s not just ultra right-wing governments that must be curbed, but less extreme regimes like that of Emmanuel Macron in France, and Theresa May in the UK. Pandering to the wealthy at the expense of the poor should never be tolerated in the 21st century.

Those who use others to gain some political advantage, the anarchists infiltrating Les Gilet jaunes of France and the latest fascist element in the UK, need bringing to heel and dealt with severely by a fair and honest legal system. It’s not their rights they fight for, but to replace true democratic government with anarchy.

[1] “It begins: British yellow vests announce second London protest” Voice of Europe, December 15th 2018

[2] “Mob politics is the hateful new norm – it must be resisted at all costs” Guardian, January 8th 2019

[3] “Hungary’s opposition plans more protests after ‘slave law’ passes” Guardian, December 18th 2018

[4] “”Yellow vests” began protests in Poland” Front News International, December 12th 2018

3 Replies to “Yellow Vests – Not All What They Seem”

  1. Thank you for some “man on the spot” (well, almost) information, RJ. It’s such a shame that sorely needed protests, as this was in the first place, are so easy to hi-jack, with bad intent.

    As for Brexit – I just don’t know any more what to think! 🙁

  2. We have our own protests here with the native population being hounded and arrested by the RCMP who are doing their duty as ordered by the corporate interests of dangerous pipelines over unceded native territory, breaking every treaty in the book. It is criminal in every sense of the word but protests are hitting the major cities now.

    How else do we weigh in ?

    Freedom has always been won by violence and insurrection.

    PS Still awaiting civil war in the USA.

  3. Twilight ~ With regard to Brexit, you’re not alone. No-one, including the politicians, seems to know what to think anymore. Europeans think the UK has gone to pieces, which isn’t too far from the truth. Thugs roam the streets using the possibility of a diluted Brexit, or no-Brexit, as an excuse to create mayhem. I note today the police have arrested James Goddard (mentioned in the post) but he’ll probably be back on the street before long.
    It’s a total disaster that should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. The most sensible solution would be to call the whole thing off and stay in the EU. But then, when were politicians ever sensible?

    WWW ~ I’m very glad to hear native Canadians are being supported. It’s a disgrace that those pipelines have been allowed to sully their land, both in Canada and the US.
    I’m not against violence and insurrection. As you rightly say, it seems the only way to win anything. Just so long as the cause is just and it’s not thugs out for anarchy. If they were to gain control of the seat of power we’d all be in trouble. It’s come too close to that in the US!

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