Posted by: 18-12-2018, 07:10
The ghost of "yellow vests" wanders through Europe
France is reeling from the pogroms of «yellow vests». In spite of the fact that the government and Macron himself, apparently, gave up the slack and decided to enter into negotiations with the crowd, the crowd itself does not burn in the negotiations. While only cars are burning. In addition, the protest masses have already tasted the taste of street power and blood, and some have a pleasant feeling of ownership of the gratuitous smartphone and other electronics requisitioned during the pogroms.
But even in the wildest forecasts, according to which Macron flew from the presidency of the republic, and the government resigned as a company, very few political consultants could predict that the element of «yellow vests» would march across other EU countries. Apparently, the EU, forged as a single organism, turned out to be unusually one when it was least hoped for. As a result, France, as if struck by gangrene, began to poison life and neighbors, transferring the trend, namely the trend of «yellowness» to its neighbors.
Protests in Belgium
Belgium, the country with a high standard of living and social guarantees, became the first organ that was affected by the EU after France. What happened? Firstly, the birth injury of Belgium is its artificially stitched administrative structure. Part of the country to the Netherlands, speaks Dutch and is officially called the Flemish region. The other part of the country is extremely close to France, French is in use, and officially these lands are called the Walloon Region or Walloon. There is also the Brussels-Capital Region, which is practically on the border of Flanders and Wallonia. Thus, the movement of «yellow vests» in Belgium is not such an amazing phenomenon. In addition, many French people live in Belgium and it is not so difficult to introduce such a tempting holiday of disobedience.
Clashes with the Belgian police
And the holiday did come! On Friday, December 7, and Saturday, December 8 (and, as you know, the days of the week in outbreaks of aggression play a significant role) the group of «yellow vests» attempted to break through to the administrative buildings in Brussels. When the police began to crowd up a spontaneous protest, law enforcement officials began to throw stones and firecrackers.
At the same time, spontaneous protests broke out sporadically in various places not only in Brussels, but also in Belgium as a whole. For example, in West Flanders, on the border with France, the «yellow vests» blocked the cross-border highway in both directions. In total, there are currently 500 to 1,500 members of the movement in the Belgian «branch” of pogroms. At first, the action in Belgium was in the nature of some kind of fashion trend, but later the demands for the resignation of the current Prime Minister Charles Michel sounded.
As European media say, the majority of protesters in Belgium were from Wallonia. Which, by the way, is understandable from an economic point of view. The fact is that before Flanders was a poor province, but after the revitalization of industry in the last century and the shock work in the port cities, the situation changed. And earlier, wealthy Wallonia slowly began to turn into an agricultural region. Against this background, the nationalist parties of Flanders and Wallonia are gathering their electorate. The former do not want to feed the south, and the latter require to distribute resources in the country more evenly.
In the neighboring Netherlands Belgium also appeared their „yellow vests.“ Several hundred people marched through the streets of The Hague in characteristic reflective vests. Naturally, no official permission was received from the authorities „vests”, therefore they attracted the attention of the police. At the same time, despite the much more peaceful nature of marching in comparison with France, it was decided to block their attempt to enter the government quarter. Also, according to some reports, outbreaks of a few protests were reported in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. And again, from the crowd there were calls to lower fuel prices.
Modest marches in the Netherlands
The outbreak of activity of „yellow vests“, of course, could not help but touch the already problematic Spanish Catalonia.This time, the characteristic color was tried on by the separatists, who advocated the separation of Catalonia from Spain from La Forja — Jovent Revolucionari, organizations of a frankly leftist sense.
Banner calling for the Catalans to protest
Inspired by the „success“ of French citizens in the field of the violent way of overthrowing the authorities, the Catalans first organized a series of demonstrations, and on the night of December 9th to 10th they seized several payment points for using toll roads in several different areas of Catalonia (La Roca del Valles, Martorell, Hospitalet Del Infante and Girona). Captured points were instantly declared liquidated, i.e. Nobody charged a fare. Apparently, in this way the protesters want to conquer a potential electorate.
At the moment, in the Catalan social networks there is an active promotion of new protest actions, which the organizers themselves promise to make much more ambitious. For example, they are calling on the street to go out on December 21. Catalan „vests“ are already planning to „block the whole of Catalonia“, and most importantly, to stop the «heart“ of the Catalan community — Barcelona.
But this is not the end of the proud march of «yellow vests.» Last Sunday, December 9, mass protests were held in the capital of Montenegro — Podgorica. In this case, the protesters who opposed the arrest of the leaders of the opposition Democratic Front Party, Neboj? Medojevic and Milan Knezhevich, were able to break through to the courthouse and the parliament. Naturally, all the protesters were dressed in the characteristic fashionable European trend. In total, about 4,000 people took part in the action, which is not so little for the 187-thousandth capital of Montenegro. And on this point, the protesters are not going to stop and announce the next action.
Montenegrin "yellow vests"
However, the unofficial flagship of the European Union — Germany — was the cherry on the cake of mass disobedience. Naturally, the German movement of «yellow vests» in the most rudimentary, so to speak, Internet form. While appeals are actively distributed only in social networks. But, what is indicative, the real political «international” of the country expressed its own „five kopecks” about the events in France. Some representatives of the party «Alternative for Germany“ (the extreme right in political views) approved such a powerful mass rush.
On the other hand, Sarah Wagenknecht, quite well-known in Russia (a bright representative of the socialist «Left Party”) also expressed her understanding of such a stormy protest against the increase in fuel prices in particular, but also about the increase in the cost of living in general. As if this was not enough, Sarah shared her regret that there are no such mass actions in her native Germany. As the proverb says, fear your desires. But it should be pointed out that many representatives of the German socialists still with mistrust reacted to the use of such radical methods of „yellow vests“ and the dominance of whole flocks of vandals in their ranks.
Of course, in each country the agenda is completely different, and the forces that try on such a fashionable yellow accessory are also completely different — from the right forces to frankly «leftist” organizations. And often the very presence of a «yellow vest” in a crowd of protesters is simply intended to increase the informational weight in the media. But one thing is certain: there are many problems in Europe, and they, in my humble opinion, are put up for auction. Those. the forces that put on the vest are waiting for their benefactors and sponsors. For example, for Catalonia, according to the not unreasonable version of Nikolai Starikov, such a sponsor could be the United Kingdom, for which the dispute with Spain over Gibraltar is very painful.
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