French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has called for a total prohibition of any protest amidst the violent protests from the Yellow Vests. Thus speaking, a new law Édouard Philippe is proposing would make any protest illegal without prior approval from government authorities and would ban all face masks.
The Yellow Vest or Yellow Jacket movement was initially fueled by the government motivation to raise fuel taxes, an overburden on the already high cost of living and further government reforms that were falling directly on the middle or working class – while benefiting the upper elite.
It is speculated that the new proposal banning freedom of speech is from the Yellow Vest activists calling a run on the entire banking system. Moreover, there have been dozens of calls and grassroots movements on social media calling for the French working class to empty their cash from their banks. Any run on a bank has potential to collapse the entire French banking systems, giving protesters more leverage in their demands from the Government.
Activist Maxime Nicolle said in a video, “we are going to get our bread back … You’re making money with our dough, and we’re fed up.”
If Prime Minister Philippe gets his new initiative passed to curb the violent protests against his Government, we suspect further unrest will spark within the Yellow Vests. Sure, law enforcement may have the “authority” to crackdown on unauthorized protests, but there is a movement in the working class the French authoritarian system has not seen in decades.
The last public word Philippe uttered was, “those who question our institutions will not have the last word,” Mr Philippe said on Monday.
The violent bloodshed followed with fires starting at the prestigious Boulevard Saint Germain in Paris, rioters attacking policemen, and even with the ministry of government spokesman being rammed with a forklift truck. Over ten people have already died and over 1,400 people have been injured during the Yellow Vest protests. Furthermore, thousands are said to be arrested weekly and throw in the blockades to rot.