Out in the street on November 17, 2018 to protest against the carbon tax, the “invisible” are-they turn invisible ? The movement of the yellow Vests, “elusive and shifting” to resume the words heard at a seminar of journalists held last Friday in Nantes, is erased from the sphere of the media. However, the base still hoped for ” a better world “.
The yellow Vests. The term is often conjugated in the past, when we don’t hear talk of “ultra yellow” or ” yellow vests radicalized “. In fact, the vest fluorescent invades little city streets on Saturday, the demonstrations are almost always prohibited. And although more than one hundred roundabouts are always ” busy “, the figure weighs certainly a little at the gaze of the thousands who had been taken by assault in the autumn of 2018.
Appointment in the department of Isère
By fatigue, by fear of the recovery policy, by family obligation or economic, by fear of punishment or by the decision of the court, or for a hundred other reasons, a good number of yellow Vests are actually returned to the house. Others have left the chasuble to engage in fighting parallel, political or trade union, declaring himself a ” citizen in rage “. And then, there are those who do not resign themselves…
There they are, over a hundred, to meet in a meadow private in the north of the Isère, on this sunny Saturday of June. Reunion of, after containment, gathering to “make the point” and define a future, all the neighboring departments are represented, the badge bearing the name of local groups, some twenty in total of Ardèche, Rhone, Savoie… The appointment has not been noised on the social networks, the communication channel yet privileged ” yellow “, the fear of a ban, always.
Has the image of what was practice at the national level in the ADA (Assemblies, meetings), the working day is divided into workshops of about a dozen people. Everyone is invited, after discussion of an hour, to make proposals which will then be submitted to a vote of all participants. These Jackets yellow clearly have been, of the road, on the path of participatory democracy that they apply to themselves.
Direct democracy and purchasing power
At the time of deciding on the claims priority, this is the theme that comes out in the lead of votes. The yellow Vests of the Rhône-Alpes here this Saturday have called for more direct democracy and ” people’s sovereignty “, and this is done through a tool, the NRS, the Referendum, citizens ‘ initiative. It is necessary, for the understanding of the population, advocate for first introduction at the local level ? All are not agreed on this question, the debate remains unresolved, probably until the next regional meeting.
The other cause that is particularly close to the heart of the yellow Vests, it is the purchasing power, this ” live in dignity “, which brought them out from among them, there are 19 months already. It is close to the social justice and tax that they claim, which is today inseparable, for them, environmental justice. Defence of public services and common goods is also put in a good position in the claims and reveals that, even if the movement has been able to give the impression of being lost in fighting multiple, the “base expectations” remains deeply the same.
Where are the ” seditious “, the ” jauniasses “, the ” uneducated “, the “rioters” and other qualifiers read and heard when it comes to caricature and discredit the movement ? Obviously not in this field to grenoble-isère Saturday of June. It is another feature of these ordinary citizens. The months of fighting have also given the time to learn, to familiarize themselves with the laws and decrees, to enrich each other, to work their subjects, alone or in a meeting. They learned how to inform outside these mainstream media of which they are wary as ever, though, sometimes, a few excesses that some might call some kind of ” complotistes “.
At the time of the picnic, Bertrand, thirties, presents to groups gathered in the welcome shade of the barnums a real substantive work on the social debt and its financing. No matter that his explanations hold or not the road if he had to have it in front of him of leading experts on the issue. They would also probably to complain, but the young man could be the epitome of what at the bottom now collects all of the yellow Vests of France : the development of a political consciousness, what they call themselves, ” the awakening of the people “.