Riot Police Remove Helmets, Join in Solidarity with Citizens Protesting Corrupt Government

In at least two different cases, police were seen on video removing their helmets to show the people that they were on their side. In both cases the protesters erupted with applause and began singing La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France.

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ByMatt Agorist

Paris, France— A grassroots movement made up of citizens who have become fed up with the political establishment in France has been growing since early November and it has come to a head this week. The movement, known as“gilets jaunes” or “yellow vests” began as an anti-tax protest but has since merged folks from the left and the right into a much broader anti-government protest.

French citizens have used the yellow vests that their government requires they carry in their vehicles as a symbol of this protest. As theGuardianpoints out,unlike previous French protest movements, it sprang up online through petitions and was organised by ordinary working people posting videos on social media, without a set leader, trade union or political party behind it.

Over the weekend, roughly 100,000 citizens took to the streets of Paris. Most of these protesters were peaceful…

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