A third weekend of nationwide protests by the movement, largely made up of working-class people angry about a planned increase in fuel taxes and their dwindling purchasing power, left burned cars and smashed store windows in several of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Paris. The movement is named for the high-visibility safety vests that motorists are supposed to wear when they have roadside breakdowns.
Broken glass and empty tear gas canisters fired by the police littered the city, where hundreds of vandals joined the ranks of the protesters. One person died in the unrest this weekend outside Paris, bringing to three the number of casualties on the margins of the demonstrations over the last three weekends of protests.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/02/worl ... tests.html
Now time to put on the flamesuit... I don't care what movement it is, when you're rioting (as opposed to peacefully protesting,) graffitiing/vandalizing, blocking traffic (a huge pet peeve of mine,) I find it almost impossible to support it. It really delegitimizes the movement, and it takes a lot (at least for me) to remember that a lot of the people aren't being obnoxious and the movement's goal overall may still be just.
But for anyone that may ever protest: don't be obnoxious! Screw lawless behavior! Don't derail your own message!
When you have a bunch of aggressive rioters, I feel no sympathy when the police gas them, beat them with batons, throw them in jail, etc. Yeah, sue me. DeltaMD90 for a police state (sarcasm)
So, to our Parisians and French posters, what is it like over there?? Do you support the movement? I know the French are known for a good ol' strike or demonstration, but it usually doesn't get this wild (right?), what gives? Would you torch some innocent person's car to send a message?