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Having participated myself in the Indignados events five years ago, I do not get the sense that Nuit Debout is at all an equivalent (full disclosure, while I have an apartment right next to the Place de la République, I have not gone down there to participate). There is in my view much to criticise about how the organisation there, but then again, I haven't really been there except peripherally.
To participate in Nuit Debout, you need to have a lot of time on your hands. No children. No job to go to. No need to squeeze some money out of your day in order to pay the rent and feed the kids.
So, it has a certain demography which, unfortunately, isn't particularly credible from the point of view of the average voter or striker.
But yes, insofar as it reflects already present tensions, it is a product of the times.
Nuit Debout seems more cultural than political from here. Disaffection yes, but somewhat amorphous and unpolemic. More a test run to see how many of us we are/could be. After the Hebdo incident, how much right to freely assemble do we have left? If we don't use it, we'll lose it, or forget we can, that it's a defining tradition, a patriotic heritage.
As I understand it, the potency of the '68 riots was due to the confluence of students (60's demographic bulge) and working class unions, a political more than cultural event.
Head-bashing seems to be the elite's answer to both forms of protest, when in doubt...
Not recalling any tractors in '68. Were farmers involved then?
They usually get their way, don't they?
Several factions appear to be simmering, yet all are coming from different angles still, with few exceptions.
It would not surprise me if France were -again- the first country in Europe to throw off the demeaning shackles of modern feudalism aka neoliberal austerity.
It's in their blood.
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
Farmers equally blocked the freeways a couple of months ago to protest low market prices for pork and for daily products, but the Hollande government succeeded in keeping them at least a little less discontent via some govenrment funded investment support, as well as some tax abatements/
Back in 1992, it wasn't just the farmers. If I recall correctly, air traffic controllers and/or pilots were also on strike, as was the SNCF, cutting off rail. In any even, if you wanted to make your way to my wedding from any place other than Italy (I was in Toulon at the time) you had to take the side roads.
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