03/05/2019 by socialistfight
This demonstration, which in other years was only a boring formality, turned into its opposite by the action of almost six months of struggle of the Yellow Vests.
The government, which has been relying on images of “violence” to drive the union base and the population away from the Yellow Vests and thus liquidate a movement that influences the entire political spectrum, but above all changes the demoralized mentality of whole section of the proletarians, had announced a huge repressive police deployment to counter the “breakers”, or the Black blocks (which the government equates to the Yellow Vests) who had expressed their intention to demonstrate.
The strength of the Yellow Vests example had forced the CGT leadership to invite them to form the head of the May Day procession. Thus, in Lyon, in Marseille, the Yellow Vests demonstrated at the head of the processions. “The homage of vice to virtue” as French people say.
In Lyon and Marseille with processions that mobilised three times the number of demonstrators on other occasions, the parades went very well, the unity was achieved without problems. Many of the trade unionists even thanked the Yellow Vests for their fighting spirit and perseverance.
But in Paris, the center of the country’s political life and the traditional place of all the French revolutions, the government mounted a crude provocation.
The parade was attacked from the beginning and directed towards the leader of the CGT, Martinez, the same one who had held back the trade union as much as he could, who was forced to abandon the parade for a while, because the tear gases that the cops fired at them was particularly strong.
It is their tactic, to attack the parade in the middle to cut it in half, isolate and send home the elderly, the new comers and those who come with their families and liquidate the rest who remained.
At the height of the Place d’Italie square, where the demonstration ended, the police once again charged and had “nasée” (police technique that isolate and encircled a large group of demonstrators), mostly Yellow Vests, who were at the head of the procession, forcing them to take refuge in a nearby Hospital La Salpetrière.
Then Castaner, the Interior minister, called a press conference to denounce “an assault of the Hospital” by vandals and barbarians, i.e. the Yellow Vests because the Black Blocks that were also present, were not there and even marched without creating incidents… It is always the case when the demo is big enough it will “drown” that semi-anarchists or provocateurs in the masse.
The press, of course, blew the trumpets of Macronia (Macron-ism), but the testimonies of the hospital nurses, as well as the videos taken by the demonstrators, tore apart Castaner’s provocation.
Today, the accusations of Castaner and the Ministers of Health and the Prime Minister, which also sing Castaner’s tune, have been shattered and the entire opposition is calling for Castaner’s resignation.
The Macronian government’s silly tactics were aimed at the unity of the Yellow Vests and Trade Unions, but the result of their stupid provocations will have a diametrically opposite effect because it was so obvious, that the written press turned against such a clumsy minister.
Today, the main aspect of the policy against the Yellow Vests, repression and the minister who leads it without any kind of scruples, has just failed before everyone’s eyes and the press is unable to defend it, even though its previous action appears for what it was, false manipulations and an incredible repression for the standards of a bourgeois democracy.
May 1st, therefore, was a complete political defeat for Macronia, not only because their provocations exposed themselves in everyone’s eyes, but above all because their tricks cannot prevent the strengthening of the unity of the Yellow Vests, the trade unionists and soon the environmentalists to continue the isolation work of Macron and his lamentable ministers.
The political blow exposed their inability to deal with the situation and Castane’s career hangs by a thread. Macronia is so politically isolated, that it will be very difficult to find an interior minister who wants to replace this former friend of the Marseilles gangsters and a dilettante of “politics”.
As always in movement that is going forward, every action of the bourgeois, backfires and every political phenomenon, makes possible an increase in worker’s and population consciousness and pushes the movement forward.
It is not yet a full turn in public opinion but it is taking the way. It is difficult to imagine which political issue rests to Macron other than a clumsy electoral “duel” against Marine le Pen. But, the push of the working masses fight should also give momentum, in this electoral field, to the only left option present, the one of the social democracy, France Insoumise led by Mélenchon.