Over the last few weeks France has been rocked by a new movement – the Gilet Jaunes – named after the high-vis jackets that all drivers in the country are required by law to have. The protests have been aimed at the new tax on fuel. Such has been the strength of these protests that this tax increase has now been withdrawn. But it is perhaps too little too late as the movement has morphed into a broader anti-austerity campiagn. This week has seen tens of thousands of high school students leave their classrooms in order to support the protests. The French police have reacted violently to these student protests. A video of French school students being humiliated by the French police in Mantes-la-Jolie (700 students were forced to kneel on the ground with their hands on their heads) has now had more than 4 million views.
At the Place de la Republique and throughout France school students have protested this treatment re-enacting that scene from Mantes-la-Jolie. As the situation deteriorates the Macron government is rushing troops and riot police to the capital. There will be more protests tomorrow and we extend our solidarity to those opposing this repression and fighting for justice and equality.
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
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Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Mon 23 Sept 11.00-12.30
Remain, reform, revolt: In and against Europe
In Brighton. What does changing Europe mean? What can a left movement – in and out of government – do about democratic reform, the environment, migration, and workers’ rights? Part of The World Transformed 2019 programme.
September and October
Remain Reform Revolt, public meetings
In Southampton, Manchester, Cambridge, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sunderland. Organised by Another Europe Is Possible and with a great lineup.
More info here.
Global Climate Strike
Global climate strikes and a week of actions to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown.
Sun 29 Sept, 12.00-16.00
Shut Down The Tories – Protest the Tory Party Conference
They shut down Parliament – now we need to shut down the Tories. Be in Manchester to demonstrate.
European Forum, Brussels
The annual event for progressive, environmental and left forces will take place in Brussels. If you are interested in attending contact email@example.com
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