The French government, led by the former investment banker Emmanuel Macron, is desperately trying to discredit the Yellow Vest movement. The violence and looting headlined by the propaganda media—much of it by Black Bloc-styled “anarchists” that now routinely act as provocateurs for the state—is being used to make protests illegal, thus allowing the police to use extraordinary measures to shut down the movement.
The ruling elite are petrified of this movement, especially after it threatened a run on the banks in France. In response, the state is moving to outlaw protest and violently crackdown on any effort to publicly display solidarity with the movement.
This requires the usual tricks, deceptions, and psychological operations. In addition to linking protesters and activists to “extreme” political groups on either side of the artificial political divide, the French state now says the Yellow Vests are endangering French national security by hacking its cybersecurity agency.
In Canada, the government and Facebook are working together to put a damper on the movement spreading.
In the UK, the police have arrested James Goddard, said to be the leader of a Yellow Vests spin-off in London. Notice that protests in support of the effort to follow through on Brexit and rejection of the EU are “abusive” according to the British propaganda conduit, The Independent (which isn’t).
Police in France have increased the use of violence. The use of “flashballs” against nonviolent protesters and journalists, of course, is not being reported by the propaganda media.
An uptick in police violence will not stop this movement. It is a reaction to neoliberalism, the dominance of a predatory financial class, and austerity measures.
As the movement grows and spreads, the full force of the police state will be unleashed. A former education minister, Luc Ferry, has called for the use of live ammunition against protesters.
If the current measures fail—police violence, water cannons, propaganda portraying protesters as anti-semites, etc.—the French state will go to the next level: martial law and all-out war against the French people.