The author of the video below argues that, overwhelmingly, the Gilets are NOT violent, and that much of the violence is done by the police, cases of blatant provocation, false flags, etc. Their instinctive strategy seems to be to paralyse the nation, and —says the videographer—this may work.
Another “serviceable” video, this one by Euronews. This is a mainstream corporate channel that has frequently distorted and minimised the Gilets Jaunes’ struggle (and they know it), so exercise caution while watching their account. In any case, some things cannot be denied, as PM Edouard Philippe himself admits. The people have reached their limit. The Gilets are the true face of France. Anyone who bets against them will lose.
And this: A Gilet Jaune who is also a former boxer lands a few powerful blows on an anti-riot cop during a fracas on a Parisian bridge.
Christophe Dettinger, a 37-year-old former French light heavyweight champion, can be seen on the video landing shots at shielded riot police in Paris during violent scenes in the demonstration.
Police tried to prevent yellow vest protesters from crossing the Leopold-Sedar-Senghor bridge and it is understood that Dettinger, who racked up an impressive 18-4-1, 7 KOs professional record, jumped in to protect a woman on the eighth weekend of violent anti-government demonstrations in the French capital. It is understood that he is now in police custody.
The National Police Union Chiefs and other establishment Big Wigs did not celebrate Dettinger’s action:
Monsieur, vous qui avez frappé un collègue à terre, vous êtes identifié. Pour un boxeur, vous ne respectez apparement pas beaucoup de règles. Nous allons vous apprendre celles du code pénal. @EmmanuelMacron @EPhilippePM @CCastaner @NunezLaurent @DGPNEricMorvan @prefpolice pic.twitter.com/zBNcD9kWMs
— Commissaires Police Nationale SCPN (@ScpnCommissaire) January 5, 2019