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PostParis "Manis": 1968 and 2018 (John Heelan, UK, 12/05/18 4:28 am)
Regarding the Yellow Vest manis:
Fifty years ago similar "manis" happened in Paris and were violently suppressed by specialist police squads. Maybe the difference between past and present is the use of social networks to organise the disruption.
How long will it be until a dictator bans the use of social networks? (Are they allowed in China? See http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/41398423/social-media-and-censorship-in-china-how-is-it-different-to-the-west ).
JE comments: I'd say it's the other way around. People were always good at organizing protests, social media or not. But governments are no longer free to suppress the protests violently, due to universal video coverage and the ease with which any abuses can be uploaded for the entire world.
Macron announced a postponement of the fuel tax increase. Will this quiet down the Yellow Vests? I doubt it.
In some parts of the Spanish-speaking world, maní is the word for peanut. There's something profound about that, I think.