posted on Dec, 9 2018 @ 06:40 AM
I have seen no hint that the muslim population has anything at all to do with the protests.
What I see here is that they are generally unhappy about the cost of living and taxes.
From my point of view as a foriegner, it looks like a bunch of spoiled brats complaining about things other countries wish they could have. I know
many of the people protesting personally (friends and family members). They complain about the middle class suffering, yet have never ever been
homeless, never lost a job and been without income, have always had the best medical care in the world and never had a bill for it. They all have nice
cell phones and big tv's, they all recieve financial aid for their kids and their schooling (this doesn't depend upon income, it is universally
applied). They don't pay for their university education, they all take extra classes in arts and sports, all have the obligatory five weeks fully paid
vacation a year, three year fully paid maternity leave, etc, etc......
I do realize that "needs" are relative to the individual, and what one might see as an essential need, another might view as a luxury, yet that does
not minimize their sense of neediness.
So many think we're being taxed too much - the prices of fuel is three times that in the US, yet still lower than in the UK.
So the rise in fuel taxes was taken off the table( this was the original reason)... but then they just began to hollar for more.
What I see is that the french are primarily social people. They do not like individualism and they value highly group think, group movement,
and large social events. Being swept up in mob mentality removes that sense of thinking for oneself apart from others - which they call "egoism" and
Their revolution is held onto as the proof that good comes from mindless mob action.
So what I see here is some good people wanting to make the country better by paying less taxes. They come out during the day, bring their kids and
wave at the cars. They are enjoying the festive energy and the honks of supportive citizens reinforcing their sense of civic conscience.
At night it is another story.
The women and children go home (for they all have one, have dinner to eat, shows to watch, video games to play and school to get up for the next
day...). Only men are left. Males of all ages. Some of them were not there during the day. They set up a bar, set up burning fires and road blocks,
and it becomes something else entirely...
Last week, I was trying to get home after babysitting my grandkids, it was late, I was tired and had work the next morning. I sat blocked in traffic
for thirty minutes while men swirled around my car, each holding a whiskey bottle they were swigging on and the fires next to the road licked the
doors of my car.
One man threw a pile of wood pallets in front of my car then turned back around to his buddies drinking around a fire.
I got out, and began pulling the pallets out of the road. The men started yelling at me. As I got back in my car, they quickly threw the pallets back.
I reved my engine and went over them (yes, a four wheel drive is useful in such events). They threw bottles and cones at my windshield and I gunned it
to get out as fast as possible. I saw no one else behind me got away.
The night before, in that same spot, a protester had pulled out a gun and began shooting into the crowds. The crowd jumped him en masse and beat him
to a pulp. One of his eyes was literally hanging out of it's socket. Many people were run over by drivers who panicked. One woman was trying to rush
her son to the hospital and they wouldn't let her by - she ran over and killed a female protestor.
The next night it was like a war zone - big fires were set, the police were using rubber bullets and smoke bombs, helicopters turned over it all.
There are people who simply are getting high off the release of collective energy in all this and getting out of hand. I don't think they are
protesting anything. They are having fun.
After the night I ran the road block, I came to work to find blood all over our office and cops everywhere. A fight had broken out in the wharehouse,
someone called in a gang of friends who showed up with steel bars and knives. A few of our young men still in critical condition.
This has nothing to do with the protests.... except as an example of what I am seeing as a general atmosphere of violence that is exciting and
contagious - especially for young men, who just don't get to be warriors in this modern society, yet still have that drive.
I feel like someone just set off a Jumanji game here.
But not seeing any anti-muslim sentiment at all. But I am in the south, not anywhere near Paris, which is what is making foriegn news channels the
most, I am guessing.