Since the first protest of the French people wearing yellow vests in Paris and other cities accross France, many countries have seen protesters wearing these same-coloured vests. But do all of them took the streets wearing those jackets for the same reason? Hell no!
The Yellow Vests Movement in France, preparing for its #Acte5 – the fifth protest of ‘”Gilets Jaunes” on a row – following Macron’s announcement – has already made clear that it demands the President’s resignation and has already made public a list of 42 other demands.
We would say that this is a movement against poverty, against inequality, that supports solidarity between and wants to protect the ones in need.
So far and since 17.11.18 four protesters are dead, more than 4,000 people have been arrested and more than 1,000 have been injured.
Belgium – Netherlands
The countries very close to France were from the first ones to join the French “Gilets Jaunes” movement protesting against the rise of the fuel tax but also against high prices and poverty.
Brussels and other cities in Belgium and a dozen of cities in The Netherlands have seen people taking the streets wearing yellow vests. While in a few cities far-right groups have tried and in many cases succeded protesting along with the rest of the people promoting their far-right agenda, in most of the protests the main causes were increasing costs and poverty.
The supporters of the Montenegrin opposition Democratic Front (right wing party) demanded in the protest in front of the Parliament of Montenegro – wearing yellow vests – the release of Nebojsa Medojevic. Nebojsa Medojevic, one of the leaders of the Montenegrin opposition Democratic Front (DF), was arrested in Podgorica for not responding to calls for evidence before the High Court.
Canada – UK – Sweden – Slovenia
In those countries, during the 4th protest of “Gilets Jaunes” in Paris, people against the UN’s migration pact have taken the streets wearing yellow vests. In Canada people have also protested against the rise of the fuel tax. Many anti-immigration voices were there to be heard at these protests and the support of right and far-right groups was more than noticable.
The last few days, their online propaganda – especially from the UK – has already started. They try to the “fame” of the Yellow Vests Movement in France in order to promote their own far-right agenda.
The Yellow Vests movement has been mostly supported by the far-right party and other anti-immigration groups – and therefore has not seen any true support from the rest of the people in Germany. It is yet to be seen if the society can react on time to that and establish a truly independent movement in the country. While there have been cities where protests took place with demands similar to those of the French people, there were only a few people supporting them.
A different Yellow Vests protest took place in Iraq. Demonstrators in Iraq used the yellow vest symbol as they took to the streets in anti-government protests in the southeastern city of Basra on Tuesday. As many as 100 people later stormed the office of Basra Governor Asaad al-Eidani demanding basic services including water and electricity.
There is only a call for a protest in Austria from the The Socialist Youth of Austria that supports the “yellow vests” movement in France.
Hungary’s labor unions took to the streets to protest against a ruling-party bill they’ve dubbed the “slave law” that aims to significantly boost the number of extra hours employers can demand of employees.
A few thousand protesters marched in Budapest against a proposal from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party to allow employers to demand as many as 400 extra hours of work annually from employees, up from 250 hours now. After the unions announced the nationwide protest, the government made some changes to the legislation without fully backing down.
Member of the far-right party wore a yellow jacket while addressing the parliament but also people on the streets during the last weekend’s protests in Belgrade.
Protest “against the violence of the current government” at the invitation of the opposition parties affiliated to the Alliance for Serbia after a physical attack on one of the leaders of this coalition two weeks ago, ended without incidents in Belgrade.
Participants of the protest “Stop Bloody Shirts” – according to the organizers’ estimates, more than 10,000, and according to the Interior Minister, about 1,500 – walked with the sounds of whistles and drums to the central Belgrade streets in which traffic was closed during the march. Some of the protesters wore distinctive yellow vests like those that became the symbol of anti-government protests in France.
While the country’s financial status would suggest a truly independent Yellow Vests Movement defending the poor ones and demanding for change the only groups that have called for a protest are those of the far-right “fighting for Macedonia”.
Egypt bans yellow vests in fear of copycat protests. Egyptian authorities have introduced restrictions on the sale of hi-vis vests in fear the clothing could inspire imitations of French protesters.