Academy, Pearse Street, Dublin.
Gilet Jaune-clad Minister for Transport Shane Ross arriving for a special meeting of the Cabinet on International Women’s Day where the government will ratify the Istanbul Convention, which obliges governments to ‘protect women from all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence’.
Inside the special cabinet meeting…
Yellow Vest protestors in Paris last Saturday
Lara Marlowe (Irish Times’ Paris Correspondent) informs us that gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protesters deeply distrust the media and regard journalists as part of the elite (“Yellow vests’ reactionary and populist traits not just a French problem”, Analysis, January 14).
This distrust is understandable, given the smug leftist bubble that the modern media inhabits.
Indeed, she reported only last week that “virtually everyone I know likes Macron and detests the gilets jaunes ” (“Yellow vest riots are too close to home for city-dwelling elites”, Paris Letter, January 9).
Irish Times Letters
Yesterday: Liberté, Égalité, Hyperbole
A ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Rouen, France; a mural in Paris by Pascal Boyart based on Eugene Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading The People
Today, in The Irish Times…
Lara Marlowe reports:
The revolt is ideologically closest to the far right.
Gratuitous violence, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia are the dark side of the movement that has plunged France into its worst crisis of the past half century.
Like Donald Trump’s grassroots supporters in the US, the gilets jaunes deeply distrust traditional media.
“Journalistes, collabos, journalistes, collabos,” they chant in front of television, radio and newspaper headquarters. Journalists are regarded as part of the elite, and as “collaborators” of the Macron administration.
…The future of Europe, as well as the future of France, is at stake in Macron’s struggle quell the gilets jaunes.
Yellow vests’ reactionary and populist traits not just a French problem (Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times)
Earlier: Force Majeure
A French riot police officer brandnshing Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle in Paris on Saturday during Yellow Vest protests
French riot police have deployed semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors for the first time.
Officers were filmed brandishing Heckler & Koch G36 weapons by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday afternoon.
…Live ammunition 30 cartridge magazines could be seen as officers marched the streets, although none were used as 5000 police were deployed on the streets of the French capital.
Yellow Vest protestor Gilles Caron said:
‘The CRS with the guns were wearing riot control helmets and body armour – they were not a specialised firearms unit.
‘Their job was simply to threaten us with lethal weapons in a manner which is very troubling. We deserve some explanations.’
French riot police are now using semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors as Macron’s law and order crisis spirals (MailOnline)
Dublin city centre.
Yellow vest-clad protesters march from Custom House Quay (top) to Government Buildings, stopping outside outside the KBC bank on Dame Street, in solidarity with hi-viz demonstrators Paris.