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People’s Assembly Demo – up to 4 Thousand Strong – ends in Confusion over who are the ‘real’ Yellow Vests.

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Antonia Bright

Some marchers declined to wear the high-vis jackets in case the symbolism might be misinterpreted, however.

Antonia Bright, a campaigner with the anti-racism group Movement for Justice, said she wanted to “steer away from white populism”.

“I don’t need it to march for what I am standing for,” she said.

BBC

Socialist Worker reports,

The demonstration was much smaller than previous marches against the Tories—a sign that the focus on parliament has turned the focus away from the struggle needed to bring them down.

And there were very few trade union banners on the march.

Hundreds of anti-austerity yellow vest protesters have marched on London demanding a UK general election. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said austerity was “tearing apart the very social fabric” of the country. He said he expected Prime Minister Theresa May to lose on Tuesday when MPs vote on her Brexit deal.

Police officers tussled with pro-Brexit demonstrators to stop them getting into Trafalgar Square, where Mr McDonnell was speaking.

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Police officers tussle with Pro-Brexit demonstrators near Trafalgar Square (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Jim Scott

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Comment:

The demonstration was small because very few people on the British left and in the trade union movement are going to march for a General Election at a march organised by the groupuscule Counterfire, even if endorsed by labour figures and Moemntum.

Still fewer identity with the politically ambiguous gilets jaunes. *

Channel Four last night interviewed French gilets jaunes, in Calais, all of whom were hard right, either Le Pen voters or backed the sovereigntist racist Philippe de Villiers.

The events of the day amply proved the ambiguous nature of the Yellow Jackets.

The pro-Brexit organisers of the march, Counterfire, who run the People’s Assembly, are the last people to take a lead on this issue.

A General Election will not solve Brexit unless Labour takes a clear stand opposing it.

Or to put it another way, as Red Flag says,

4-5000 people on the People’s Assembly Demonstration in London which the organisers called under the slogan – ‘Britain is broken – for a general election now’. But this ducks the central question in British politics – how can Labour force let alone win an election when its policy on Brexit is indistinguishable from the Tories

* on this see this article Gilets jaunes (in English) Ni Patrie Ni Frontières,

In May 68 we shouted “CRS = SS !”
Today, the Yellow Vests shout : “The police with us!,” “CRS, be with us !”

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

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  1. I can understand the French left wishing to intervene in the confused Yellow Vest movement(s) in order to contest the influence of the far Right. But for the British left to engage in fancy dress action just causes further confusion.

    Badger

    January 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

  2. Exactly right Badger.

    Andrew Coates

    January 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm

  3. Aye friends, we Yanks ‘re with you agin thim Tory apes whut kilt our peeps in Boston! An’ King George? Hang ‘im!

    oiltranslator

    January 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm

  4. Andrew Coates

    January 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

  5. It always amazes me how ” black” activists like Antonia Bright are vehemently black when it’s obvious that they are fifty per cent and more white. Perhaps we should have a competition for the most white black person. Front runners would be Lee Jasper, Louis Farrakhan, the founder of Movement for Justice Marc Wadsworth, Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote and Trevor Phillips. They’ll do for a start but all nominations gladly received.

    Dave Roberts

    January 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm

  6. Great post 🙂

    the #1 Itinerary

    January 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm

  7. Mine I hope 1 Itinerary.

    Dave Roberts

    January 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm

  8. It seems Owen Jones is h.rt by being shouted at. Somebody called him a rent boy! Surely shom mishtake.

    Dave Roberts

    January 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm

  9. Seems like a General Election is on the cards this year (2019). Fancy that 😉

    Lab and Cons neck and neck for most seats with the costs a slight favourite to win overall.

    http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/e/11219866/UK+General+Election.html

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    Odds On

    January 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

  10. Seems like a General Election is on the cards this year (2019). Fancy that 😉

    LAB and CONS neck and neck for most seats with the CONS a slight favourite to win overall.

    http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/e/11219866/UK+General+Election.html

    REGULATORY DISCLAIMER AS REQUIRED BY THE GAMBLING COMMISSION:

    ALWAYS GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY

    NEVER BET MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD

    NEVER CHASE YOUR LOSES

    WHEN THE FUN STOPS -STOP!

    Odds On

    January 13, 2019 at 9:42 pm

  11. There also seems to be a new political party on the go too – Renew Britain. Ooh er, Matron 🙂

    Odds On

    January 13, 2019 at 9:49 pm

  12. Dave Roberts spouting more racist right wing shit. Why is be here?

    IainF

    January 14, 2019 at 1:18 am

  13. Explain what what I have posted is racist? Or are you a snowflake that who can’t stand to be disagreed with?

    Dave Roberts

    January 14, 2019 at 8:33 am


  14. Really?!

    Yellow Taxi

    January 14, 2019 at 10:40 am


  15. !?

    Yellow Taxi

    January 14, 2019 at 10:49 am

  16. What is a “pentioner” who happens to “live in poverty”? 😀

    Yellow Taxi

    January 14, 2019 at 10:51 am

  17. Active anti fascist since the 1980s and know a racist when I see one. And you are.
    You made a disgusting racist comment against Antonia Bright. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    IainF

    January 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm


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