French government violence, lies against May Day demonstrators

This 2 May 2019 video says about itself:

France’s Yellow Vest Protestors Took To The Streets For May Day

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for May Day, in solidarity with millions around the world who marched for workers’ rights.

While the French protest every year, these protests were remarkably violent as police fired tear gas at crowds … detaining more than 250 protestors by the end of the day.

This was the first May Day rally for members of France’s “Yellow Vest” movement, which began protesting 24 weeks ago against what they see as President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business policies favoring the elite. The group has proven to be one of the biggest challenges to Macron’s presidency and has already forced the President to make concessions related to taxation, pension reform and the closures of schools and hospitals.

By turning up today, the Yellow Vests aligned themselves with a centuries-old movement that’s traditionally seen as pro-union and pro-left.

“Today is May Day. It has nothing to do with a Yellow Vest action. It’s a workers’ celebration”, Jérôme Rodrigues, an unofficial leader of the Yellow Vests told VICE News. “Within the Yellow Vest march, you have workers who have gathered here to reinforce their demands, and show that they are workers too.”

Rodrigues joined the Yellow Vests in its earlier stages, and in a January rally lost an eye after being hit with what he believes to be a police-fired projectile. Videos capturing the moment propelled him to the forefront of the movement.

“The problem is that we have a president in France right now who not only doesn’t listen to us, but also mutilates us,” Rodrigues told VICE News. “So why wage a revolution? Because the climate of violence was brought on by the government.”

Turning out today was important for Rodrigues … He hopes that the Yellow Vests’ presence at the May Day pro-labour rally will help bolster support for their cause in the future. “All this diversity— That’s how we win. OK?” Rodrigues told VICE News. “Today, we see that we ignored that [in the past], and that we have recovered something fundamental in France. It’s called fraternity.”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Investigations into ‘violence’ by French policemen against International Workers Day protest

The French authorities are investigating three incidents where police allegedly used excessive force against demonstrators on International Workers Day in Paris. Since last Wednesday’s demonstrations, videos of social media incidents have been circulating.

In one of the videos, a policeman puts a police baton into the pants of a demonstrator.

In a second video a policeman hits a demonstrator in the face

That is this 1 May 2019 video.

and on other images a cop throws a rock. …

Hundreds of arrests

On Wednesday, May Day in Paris, thousands of people took to the streets in protest against President Macron’s policies. Among the demonstrators were both yellow vests and anarchist ‘black bloc’ demonstrators. …

According to [right-wing daily] Le Figaro there were many complaints about police violence.

Fake news‘ about demonstrators

[Macron‘s Interior] Minister Castaner himself was under fire in recent days because he said that black bloc protesters were behind an attack on a hospital in Paris. However, hospital staff told French media that they had never felt threatened and that it seemed as if the demonstrators were fleeing something [police violence].

After being accused of peddling fake news, Castaner admitted that he had used the wrong words.

It took less than 24 hours for the Macron government’s fabricated story about “yellow vest” protesters attacking the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital on May Day in Paris to collapse like a house of cards. It has been exposed as yet another lie to cast the protests against social inequality as criminal riots and promote Macron’s build-up of a French police state against the working class: here.

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