France fuel hike protests
Peoples Dispatch speaks to Anaïs Fley, national secretary of the Union of Communist Students in France, on the protests in the country over the past few months, the dangers of the policies of Emmanuel Macron and the role of the students and youth in transforming French society
Over 300,000 people are believed to have taken part in protests called for by major trade unions on March 19. Three days before the mobilization, the Yellow Vests marked the 18th consecutive week of their protest
Around 300,000 people took part in rallies and marches in 200 cities across the France. Around the same time, the French parliament passed an anti-hooliganism law that bars protesters from hiding their faces and gives local authorities the power to ban individual protesters
Belying claims by critics that the movement was weakening, 50,000 protesters took to the streets of France over the weekend. Their demands included constitutional reform to introduce referendums on various issues
At every level, the left is actively supporting the movement of the Yellow Vests, says Cyril Benoit of the Young Communists Movement of France, in an interview with Peoples Dispatch.