While I was not much around over the past weeks, I have, of course, followed the movement and movements of the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) and I have collected information/videos/articles some of which I will post in this thread after I have sorted through them. (so watch this space). Here is a short interview published yesterday on Boulevard Voltaire, a French online magazine (recommended if you read French), of that young Student who lost an eye.
Fiorina L.: "I feel even more yellow vest! I can't imagine all these people being hurt for nothing..."
Fiorina L., 20, lost an eye in a yellow vest demonstration on December 8 after receiving a tear gas canister from a police officer.
She tells and analyses the facts at the French Online Magazine: Boulevard Voltaire.
How are you today?
It's getting better and better. The fatigue is still there, but I'm recovering very slowly.
Can you remind the reader of Boulevard Voltaire of the circumstances of your injury?
We were at the top of the Champs-Élysées around 2pm. It was pretty quiet until the smashers started vandalising a shop across the avenue. The police then began to charge in order to let the firefighters pass to put out the fire that had been started by the thugs.
We were a hundred yellow vests to the left of the police officers. It was very quiet on our side. They started launching tear gas. I don't have much memory anymore, but I took a tense tear gas canister shot in my left eye. At that moment, I collapsed completely.
How do you feel today?
I'm not angry with the police officers, but a little angry with the officer who fired the gun voluntarily.
They prepared for 5 minutes before charging. So it wasn't a shot decided at the last minute, in a hurry. I think it was deliberate and well considered.
On the other hand, against the police in general, I am not angry. Of course, a police officer may have done a poor job, but his action does not represent the entire police force.
A collection has been launched online to cover your care and allow you to continue with your life. How did you react to this initiative?
At first, I didn't really realise much. This initiative surprised me at the time. I really thank all the participants. It touches me deeply.
This collection has so far been used to cover the costs of travelling to the hospital by taxi and ambulance. Fees must be advanced before being reimbursed.
I am really very touched by these donations. I'm planning to make a donation thanks to this collection for medical research.
After what you've been through, do you still feel like a yellow vest?
Is the fight still going on?
I feel more yellow vest than before. I am now really concerned and outraged to see all these wounded. We must continue the struggle peacefully and not give up. I can't imagine all these people being hurt for nothing. We really need to continue the fight together.
Unfortunately, you lost an eye after that tear gas canister shot.
Were you aware, when you went to this demonstration, that such violence could happen to you?
It was my very first demonstration. I had thought about it, but not that much. I was surprised. I knew that during the demonstrations, there were always dangers, but I didn't think that bad. I didn't expect to lose an eye, especially coming from the police. I was still leaving with the idea that there might be some fighting. I was very surprised by the violence.
(Source: Boulevard Voltaire 16. 1. 2019)
One of my favorite moments, when the REAL Gilets Jaunes open, instantaneously, the way for an ambulance.
And below is one of my very least favorite moments and, although I do not know the exact context as I found the clip on twitter, I call it:
President Macron's Black Shirts v. Yellow Vest
Link to the original tweet: https://twitter.com/LPLdirect/status/... Comments under the link (translated from French) read: #Bordeaux A woman got herself arrested and cornered at a bus shelter by several police officers who beat her up in an illegal manner. She seems older and shouts several times "please stop". Yellow Vests 12 January 2019.
28. January 2019
I thank Vlad Tepes and Ava Lon for this video which actually made me cry:
And so, what does such a "Flash Ball" look like with which Macron & Co. mutilate French Patriots ? Here it is in real-life size:
Ethan 9 years old
At the time of posting this, I do not know the situation of Jérôme Rodriguez, but I heard part of a radio interview in which he said that "giving up" is not an option and he questioned "a country where the President applauds the protesters in Venezuela, yet treats his own people the way he does".
This video was obviously deleted under "orders", because it showed a beautiful human chain of Yellow Vests, going for quite a few kilometres along a French Country Road.
I will not even attempt to subtitle the following....she is obviously a supporter of Macron and tells the Yellow Vests to "get lost". She marched, according to my scant information, among the pack of Anti-Yellow-Vests, calling themselves "#RedScarves" (sent by Macron & Co ? I do not know)....
Comme vous pouvez le constater, la manifestation des #FoulardsRouges, c'est du lourd... 😎 (Âmes sensibles s'abstenir)https://t.co/ebOIFx6yjh— Sébastien JALLAMION (@SJallamion) January 27, 2019
Update 3. February 2019
Good to see #JeromeRodrigues, the #YellowVests leader who lost his eye during last weekends #GiletsJaunes demonstrations back at work - kicking off #Acte12 in Daumesnil pic.twitter.com/jmrDPSOxe1— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) February 2, 2019