More defiance define Gilets Jaunes “Acte 10” (Videos)


Collated and with commentary by Patrice Greanville

The video below is an eloquent document about the clashes of Gilets Jaunes with the police. The anger of the demonstrators is obvious, there’s pent-up frustration with a regime they perceive as deaf and dumb to their interests or the institutions of genuine democracy (sound familiar?). The video —a collage of various clashes and possibly different dates—focuses on a great deal of violence, but Gilets Jaunes “acts” (as they call them) are mostly peaceful. Do not—despite these images—yield to the notion the Gilets are a bunch of irresponsible “casseurs” (guys just out to break senselessly everything in sight). Their cause is just. But notice as well that these are people who are not easily intimidated. There’s something to be learned from the French here, in how they tell the ruling cliques that they won’t be taken for granted. Except for the top video, all the rest reflect events occurring between January 19 and 20.


Published on Jan 19, 2019
#YellowVests #GiletsJaunes #Paris A tenth consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests have taken place nationwide in France – over what they call rising living costs and government policies.

Gilets Jaunes pay hommage to their fallen.  They congregate at the esplanade of the Invalides to mount a great march to other important points of the city. Note the festive, fearless air pervading these rallies, as the people feel confident of the justness of their cause and the protection of their numbers.

Acte 10 : Les Gilets Jaunes rendent hommage aux victimes. Forte mobilisation.

Published on Jan 19, 2019

Des milliers de Gilets Jaunes toujours très mobilisés se sont donné rendez-vous à l’esplanade des Invalides pour entamer une grande marche dans la capitale et revenir au point de départ. Un hommage aux victimes a été rendu. A Paris, le samedi 19 janvier 2018.

DIJON : Gilets Jaunes Acte 10 (1/2)

For its part, Infos Dijon has produced some excellent videos of the developing struggle against neoliberalism, in a city which has its own very creative way of showing its displeasure. Never mind that they overdo a bit the “property stamp”, somewhat annoying, still a great resource, visually speaking. (Dijon is the capital city of the historical Burgundy region in eastern France, one of the country’s principal wine-making areas. It’s known for its traditional mustard, vineyard tours, autumn gastronomic fair and building styles ranging from Gothic to art deco. The distinguished 1787 Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in the vast Palace of the Dukes, holds a rich collection of paintings, sculptures, crafts and antiquities. Her population is about 150,000.)

Infos Dijon

Published on Jan 19, 2019

Déambulation dans le centre-ville et envahissement de la gare SNCF. Partie 2 (les affrontements) :…

Dijon : Gilets Jaunes Acte 10 (2/2)

Published on Jan 20, 2019

Affrontements rue de la Préfecture. Les manifestants font reculer le barre-pont de dix mètres, la police donne l’assaut. Première partie :…


Paris—Act 10 around Les Invalides (center of Paris)
Jan. 20 2019

Police charge at end of demonstration. A commenter says, “they always seem to take pleasure in thrusting their knees on the neck of the protesters.” Observe the tactics.

ACTE 10 des Gilets Jaunes à BORDEAUX – Toujours présents !

Published on Jan 20, 2019

Samedi 19 janvier 2019 : Acte 10 de la mobilisation des Gilets Jaunes. Encore beaucoup de monde, d’enthousiasme et une parade colorée et musicale dans les rues bordelaises. Des affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre clôturent, place Pey Berland, cette dixième journée de manifestations.


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Revolutionary wisdom

Words from an Irish patriot—


“There are three kinds of violence. The first, the mother of all the others, is the institutional violence, the one that legalizes and perpetuates the dominations, the oppressions and the exploitations, the one that crushes and flattens millions of men in its silent and well oiled wheels. The second is revolutionary violence, which arises from the desire to abolish the first. The third is repressive violence, the object of which is to stifle the second by making itself the auxiliary and the accomplice of the first violence, the one that engenders all the others. There is no worse hypocrisy to call violence only the second, by pretending to forget the first, which gives birth to it, and the third which kills it. ”

Dom Helder Camara, Brazilian Archbishop and liberation theologian



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