France: Yellow Vests Protesters Take to Streets as Impasse with Gov’t Persists

HeadlineJan 07, 2019

In France, the “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets again over the weekend. On Saturday, a group of protesters in Paris rammed a forklift into a government ministry building, while violent confrontations between some demonstrators and police took place in the capital. A reported 50,000 people across the country came out as the movement is now in its second month of protests. On Sunday, hundreds of women organized their own “yellow vest” demonstrations in an effort to counter the recent violence and to highlight the economic issues faced by working women. This is protester Sophie Tissier.

Sophie Tissier: “There are thugs who slip into the protests, and they’re mainly men. And we’re telling them: 'We, the yellow vest women, want to do something peacefully, calmly. We are calling for our women's rights to protest and to take part in the struggle.’ … It’s very, very hard for women in this society. It’s mainly us who look after the children. We have lower salaries than men. Lots are employed in unstable jobs. It’s much harder for women in today’s society. It’s a lot more difficult.”

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