The leader? WE

The government is trying to impose leaders on yellow vests that do not want them:

Fly Rider
Jacline Mouraud
Priscillia Ludosky
Etienne Chouard

It is quite clear that the government is trying to make Eric Drouet a martyr.

After his first arrest, several petitions to free him were circulated:

like this one:érer-eric-drouet

They have been signed by thousands of people.

He was arrested a second time when he came with a dozen friends, without yellow vests, to place a candle at the Concorde in memory of the dead since the beginning of the movement.

The atmosphere was calm. Here is the Concorde a few minutes before his arrest:

Here are the images of his second arrest:
and his indictment:
Mélanchon is the first to have reacted on france info. He would be happy to be the leader the government is looking for.

Of course we must defend Eric Drouet but without dispersing ourselves. The goal is not to prevent the government from making arrests, it is stronger at this game. The aim is to defend democracy.

Let us not lose focus by focusing on people, that is exactly what the government wants. Let us continue to defend the ideas that bring us together. The Popular Initiative is what the yellow vests want to talk about and that is what they must talk about despite the government’s provocations.

“For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.“ Sun Tzu –  The Art of War

The reds and the yellows:

4600 police officers exhausted to supervise the demonstrators:

Petition to the UN for the Popular Initiative Referendum in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 16 "Peace, justice and strong institutions” (, for the referendum on the Citizenship Initiative: sign here: via Change and pass on to your friends:-)

Yes to the referendum on popular initiative:éférendum-dinitiative-populaire-pétition

Tomorrow – Chapter 3: The Economy:

Successful protesters:


Wishing a safe journey to the yellow vests:

The situation of yellow vests on 25 November:

The economic lever:économique-charles-stewart-parnell

What kind of democracy do we want?:

How to launch a popular initiative:

Pour lire ceci en français:

L’ONU interdit à la France l’usage des grenades et lanceurs de balles car cette violence d’Etat dissuade les gens de manifester pacifiquement.

Rights of ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters in France, ‘disproportionately curtailed’, say UN independent experts | UN News

Successful protesters

Let’s have a quick look back at the first four weeks of Yellow Vests protests and what they have already obtained:

·        Fuel tax hike abandoned

·        Pensioner’s tax hike abandoned

·         Rise of the minimal wage

·         The government considering the idea of implementing popular initiative vote in the constitution

·         75% approval from the population after their 5th week of action

It may seem little to many French people, but remember this year’s four month of traditional hard rail strikes did not obtain a single thing but they have lost four months of salary. And it’s been like this for decades. Despite what the vast majority of media report about this movement, it is not about setting Paris monuments on fire. So far we can learn a lot from the Yellow Vests’ successful methods:

– The Yellow Vests have no representatives, no head to corrupt or to put in jail. The movement uses a multitude of social media platforms to coordinate local groups. Thinkers feed this network and, thanks to the internet, ideas and opinions are debated within a matter of hours. The Yellow Vests achieved efficiency without centralized authority.

– Their organization is highly flexible and reactive. Although the movement started against a fuel tax hike, the idea that direct democracy was the solution became prominent in less than a week. Another example is how quick they asked people to stop reacting to violence by violence between December 8th and 15th as soon as the people realised it was counter-productive and far from their goal.

– Yellow Vests do not focus on the capital city although this is the visible part in the media. They consider it would be giving too much importance to the head of state while they promote the idea of power coming from the people.

– They focus their efforts against the economic interests of those who command the government rather than symbols of power. So far by opening highway tolls, Vinci admitted suffering dozens of millions of loss and their shareholders are now panicking. The national confederation of big retailers are alarmed by 40% sales loss before Christmas. The political elites sure don’t listen to the streets but they sure consider these alarms coming from the conglomerates who finance their way of life.

This isn’t all new, most of it has been not only thought trough but also employed in the past, notably by Charles Stewart Parnell (Boycott and Gandhi (Salt march

The economic leveréconomique-charles-stewart-parnell

Petition to the UN for Popular Initiative: Sign here: and then forward it!

University of Kansas – Conducting a Direct Action Campaign | Section 17. Organizing a Boycott | Main Section | Community Tool Box:

History of Successful Boycotts | Ethical Consumer:

Gilets jaunes : le chiffre d’affaires de la grande distribution en forte baisse – Le Journal du Dimanche:

“Gilets jaunes”: Vinci autoroutes déplore “plusieurs dizaines de millions

– Zone bourse:

France. La police doit cesser de recourir à une force excessive contre les manifestants et les lycéens  – Amnesty:

Yellow vests referendum initiative can be ‘good instrument in Democracy’: French PM – The Nation:

The situation of the Yellow Vests on Nov 25th:

Popular Initiative

Referendum is a weapon that kills violenceéférendum-est-une-arme-qui-tue-la-violence-oui

Vth Republic, still there

V for Vendetta – MovieReview  ChrisStuckmann:

The situation of yellow vests today

1) Fed up with the tax rate in general (fuel prices, taxes and payroll taxes). Is this justified? According to the figures, YES.

“The average French employee recovers two days of purchasing power in 2018 while remaining the most taxed in the European Union (EU). He works until July 27 to cover public expenses. This is two days less than last year and 45 days more than the EU average,” reports the Tribune before the movement of the yellow vests.
“The average French employee is in theory among the best paid with 56,815 euros (6th place in the EU), but he is so taxed (56.73% of charges and taxes on his full salary, 1st place in the EU), that he only has 24,582 euros left in real purchasing power (11th place in the EU).” Contrpoints is ironic: “Thanks to taxes, France is getting poorer without concern”

Is the public service up to this tax rate, NO. “More than 1000 billion every year… If, in the face of these punishments, we observed a profusion of gleaming infrastructures, an irreproachable quality of education, impeccable healthcare institutions, administrations on the cutting edge to provide a service to taxpayers, we could admit this incredible bill,” says Counterpoints. “Knowing that at the same time, the country’s debt is growing, where the hell is the money going?”

2) Fed up with the tolls. Is this justified? YES

The private companies that built the motorways have been reimbursed for their costs and received a margin since 2005, called “The historical error of privatisation” says Obs. Why did Chirac and Villepin renew their contract instead of leaving the free highways as was imagined from the beginning? In addition, repairs and maintenance are not done properly. “Sometimes they do the renovations after five years instead of four, sometimes they use slightly cheaper materials without it being too obvious” according to the court of accounts (L’Obs).
Yellow vests are perfectly legitimate when they allow vehicles to pass free of charge on the highway and it is a real scandal that there are laws against it that put certain people in prison and force police officers to use violence they do not want. Extortion, theft against the will of people, that’s what it is.

3) Fed up with supermarkets. Is this justified? YES.

Quality continues to deteriorate and prices rise for the benefit of shareholders. Food is a basic need; the law specifies that it is a service of general interest. People have to eat. Why entrust this to people who are too greedy and not very caring!

4) Will the movement be recovered by the neo-Nazis? Maybe.

The question is why we are talking about it when it is not currently the case. These premonitions encourage neo-Nazis to join the movement; just as Trump encouraged anti-democratic violence during and after the mid-Term by announcing them in a premonitory manner. French elites try to scare people who are justified in joining the yellow vests but do not wish to receive violence and/or infamy in return.

Why are some people trying to scare the yellow vests?

We can only hope that this group remains democratic, non-violent despite the violence of laws and premonitions. If they fail to manage in te good direction, without a leader and without violence, France would suffer terribly. Let us hope that this movement will allow France to find its way back to more democracy.

Press freedom is also in danger. “Better yet: the same journalists, largely invested with the sacred mission of defending taxes and the famous consent to taxes, seeing moreover that the amalgam "grumbles against taxes = fascist and populist movement” no longer works, find themselves lost in contortions funny enough to show that the State has nothing to do with it and that in reality, these taxes, even if they are high, make it possible (at your choice) to fight (climate change) pollution, to pay for (properly cleared and salted in winter) congested roads, to (educate) your children to assault teachers or to ensure the safety of (emotional) neighbourhoods.“explains Counterpoints.

France’s ‘Gilets jaunes’ leave Emmanuel Macron feeling decidedly off-colour:

IEM : la pression fiscale et sociale réelle du salarié moyen de l’UE – La Tribune:

Le rapport des Français aux impôts et au système fiscal – Le Monde:

Chères, très chères autoroutes : le scandale – L’Obs:

Grâce aux taxes, la France s’appauvrit sans souci – Contrepoints:

Pour lire cet article en français, cliquez ici:

Wishing a safe journey to the yellow vests

Contempt is not automatic

Oui au référendum d’initiative populaire:éférendum-dinitiative-populaire-sur-le

Le chiffon rouge Moderne:

La liberté guidant le peuple:é-guidant-le-peuple

Gilets Jaunes Coordination (Serveur Discord):