By Prof Michel Chossudovsky (*) - GR - 04. October 2019 - Pour la version française de cet article
In early October, The French Police conducted La March de la colère, (The “March of Anger”) directed against President Macron’s deadly economic austerity measures. “The center of Paris was paralyzed by the largest rally of police officers in years; they say they are in total despair after being abandoned by the government.” We have no money, salaries are falling, our pension funds are threatened.
Police “activists” pointed to abysmal working conditions, poverty as well as suicide within their ranks.
In a bitter irony, the “dirty economic medicine” which is hitting France’s population at large is also affecting the police officers whose mandate is to repress those who question the legitimacy of the government’s austerity measures.
Since last November, police repression against the Gilets Jaunes has been undertaken with utmost brutality leading to thousands of arbitrary arrests and detentions.
Screenshots from TV Report
The leader of the Yellow Vests Eric Drouet was present on the sidelines of the police protest movement while underscoring and condemning the acts of police violence directed against the Yellow Vest movement. (RT)
“The police have no money. Salaries keep falling. Our status and our pensions are being attacked,”
While actively repressing the Yellow Vests, the (legitimate) demands of the police protest movement are directed against the French government’s economic austerity measures. Ironically the demands of the police officers are in many regards similar to those of the Yellow Vests (see list)
A contradictory process is unfolding. The French police are both the protagonists as well as the victims of the French government’s “dirty economic medicine”.
The police officers say that they have been abandoned by the government. But so has everybody else. And the French government which is committed to neoliberal economic policies desperately needs the police to repress the legitimate demands of French citizens. Without the police state apparatus, the enforcement of these deadly economic reforms falls flat.
There is no doubt many police officers who are in favor of the demands of the Gilets Jaunes but who fear reprisals from their commanding officers.
Our message to France’s police officers: if you want to effectively confront the Macron government, refuse to repress the Yellow Vests, put an end to arbitrary arrests.
Enter into dialogue with the Yellow Vests.
If you want to get higher salaries and better working conditions, join the mass movement against the French government.
Exercise your constitutional mandate of “guardiens de la paix” (guardians of peace) in response to a government that has violated the very foundations of French democracy.
(*) Michel Chossudovsky Copyright © Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Mondialisation.ca, 2019
Prof Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research. He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America's Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO's war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at