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Police arrest 300 in Paris riots over economic crisis

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posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 05:48 PM

Originally posted by SoulOrb
Only 300 people, that is pretty tame for Paris, they really get interested in their social action there, the police are lucky they let them take the 300.

I was there during the Farm protests in 1993, amazing sight, if we could all be like the Parisians there would be no problems in North America.

I was gonna say the same, S , so Ill just add

1 million protest , 300 arrest, that is peaceful

imagine 1 million New Yorkers !!!!!!!!!!!!!

there would be murders , rapes , looting , o yes looting

posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 05:51 PM
I don't know where they got 3 mllion folks. Must be the same folks who estimated the million man march. You did have folks protesting all over the country, albiet mostly in small groups. In Paris, traffic was typical, the metro ran perfectly well as it always does. I walked down the Champs Elysee twice and was down at Concord, Latin Quarter, Opera district and outside the entire day. Nothing. On the local news here it was a 2 minute story, probably less than you got on the NCAA tourney and definately less than you got on the great one's Leno appearance.

posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 06:06 PM
reply to post by wonderworld

Actually, they are complaining about taxes. The issue with the G20 right now is that Sarkozy and Merkel are not going to pump more money into their economy because they know that they will need to raise taxes to retire the debt. They feel that they have pumped enough in. They are not pushing a greater expansion of the government - they've already done that, thank you. Essentially their view is that this is a US problem, they've done their bit and to the extent that the US is looking to migrate to a European social model, then we'll need to migrate to a tax structure akin to theirs.

The folks in the street that are protesting are malcontents. What Sarkozy is looking at is 2019 and beyond. Right now, young French citizens can't get jobs because business won't hire. They won't hire because they have extremely limited flexibility in how they manage the unionized labor force. What Sarkozy is trying to do is both create a model where young folks can get jobs and the French business sector can be enfused with a bit more spark so that they can create new jobs and new products for the future. The issue is similar to any labor beef. If I can have folks work as many hours as they want to work, the person who is only willing to work 35 hours a week is clearly less valuable, given equal skills and ability. That gent does not want to see folks who are coming in willing to work 50 hours a week. You also have the full employment crowd,who like the 35 hour work week because they feel that it enables more folks to obtain work. Well clearly that does not work with a national unemployment rate of over 10% and an unemployment rate of folks under 25 close to 25%.

posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 06:29 PM

Originally posted by MrWendal
I don't think the world is going crazy.

Not even close to crazy.

There is an old saying, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

What we are seeing today is history repeating itself, only on a more global scale.

O guy don't be splitting hairs, you know what the hell he meant.

Here how about we put it this way just for YOU. what we see today, makes patent the axiom absolute power corrupts absolutley and when TSHTF, people go crazy, just like they have in the past.

Now you can add that bit about the lessons of history!

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