Web conference analyzes Yellow vests movement + Video
The 14th episode of The Fact series, analysts from France and Indonesia review the Anti-capitalist Yellow vests movement in France.
MWFpress - The 14th episode of The Fact series, analysts from France and Indonesia review the Anti-capitalist Yellow vests movement in France.
The guests: Barry Grossman Political Analyst and Activist, Indonesia
Gearóid Ó Colmáin Political Analyst and Author, France
Questions asked at the conference: 1- when did Gilets jaunes movement start and what was its goal! 2- is there any special or United leadership for this movement? 3- why this movement has been so effective in bringing lots of French people to the street? 4- how was the reaction of government and police toward Gilets jaunes movement? 5- has the movement achieved its goals and if so, how much of it? 6-is there any connection between Gilets jaunes movement and wall Street movement? 7-why the protests are still going on? 8-how will be the future of the movement in your opinion?
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Political Analyst and Activist, Indonesia
When did Gilets jaunes movement start and what was its goal?
It seems to arise almost spontaneously at a time when the Macron government was looking at increasing and introducing new fuel taxes. Initially it certainly appeared to be the equivalent of a tax revolt but obviously there were already quite a number of groups within France and especially in and around Paris that felt marginalized and disenfranchised. One of the main issues that have been taken up by the yellow vests movement is the issue of immigration and people claiming refugee status in France. Other issues that have been stated by so-called ranking members of the movement were to abolish the French Senate because the view is that it doesn't actually represent the people.
Is there any connection between Gilets jaunes movement and wall Street movement? It’s quite obvious that both movements appeal to a certain segment of the population. There are certain demographics that both the Occupy Wall Street movement motivated and appeal to and that same demographic in France in Europe and indeed around the world is attracted to varying degrees to the yellow vest movement. And on the surface of things of course they look to have evolved spontaneously and operated in much the same way but I'm not sure that that's in fact the reality of the situation. There certainly seems in the background of things and to be far more organization on the part of the yellow vest movement than we saw in the Occupy movement. The yellow vest movement as far as I've been able to tell hasn't been quite as clear and rigid about its decision-making process as the Wall Street movement was. The Occupy Wall Street movement was really quite odd in the sense that it took a position that all decision-making had to be made by consensus by anyone that was present at a particular meeting or rally where decisions were being made and that's of course a recipe if you like for failure because it's impossible really to get consensus from a lot of people on any issue let alone every issue.
How will be the future of the movement in your opinion? The yellow vests movement does galvanize support and opposition to the issues they embrace and I don't think it can go much further than that I see really no scope for movements like this to achieve the demands that they're making across the board. I'm not convinced that it's even possible for protest movements like this to be particularly effective at anything except perhaps raising a level of public consciousness about the issues
Why this movement has been so effective in bringing lots of French people to the street? I think the effectiveness of these political movements is somewhat ephemeral but very important in the sense that to one extent or another they galvanize support as well as opposition for the issues that they're agitating and in that sense it compels the public discord to move forward in a way that takes those issues into account. Where these protest movements seem to fail is that they're unable to evolve and adapt to the political realities of the day and the political realities of the day is that the political establishment isn't very interested in what the public feels.
earóid Ó Colmáin Political Analyst and Author, France
Has the movement achieved its goals and if so, how much of it? The movement itself doesn't look like it's going to take power. I think what we see taking place here is a process of consciousness developing, social consciousness. I think I just don't see a future there for them right now so it's opened up a new vista, perhaps a new range of possibilities, political possibilities. I think I would be positive but I don't see any major revolution coming.
Is there any special or United leadership for this movement? I wouldn't say that there are any officially no official real leaders or any consequence but people like Alice or Benedetti these people have emerged as major leaders of the movement.
It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries.