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Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’


Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’

Sonali Kolhatkar

When French President François Hollande presented a series of labor reforms that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, he probably didn’t expect the mass public outrage that followed. On March 31, thousands of French activists gathered at the Place de la République for the screening of a film called “Merci Patron!” (“Thanks Boss!”), about ordinary people pitted against a major corporation.


It is very inspiring that these people assemble despite the prohibitions. Here in America we have a right to protest and were it prohibited, people would simply obey without question unless the protest was already happening. Many a protest march has been stopped by not being given a permit. It happens sometimes but two weeks? I think America's militarized police would have stormtrooped their way through the protestors long before two weeks. Occupy was a private park and there were legal protections (subsequently removed I believe) allowing the protest so police were constrained up to a point.

Bravo to the Europeans - we all do a part in the newly rising struggle of ordinary people to retain their rights and liberties in the face of oligarchy and privileged ruling elites. Right now there are civil disobedience protests going on in Washington in which people are being arrested. They add another part. Up All Night adds another.

That is what is so inspiring... The newly rising support for democracy that is going on around the world! People matter not just oligarchs.

The truth is that Bernie's ability to mount such a strong race for president has done its part too! We the people ...includes everybody!