French Yellow Vest leader: “We will continue fighting whatever measures the government takes”

Protests in France will continue no matter what security measures the French government intends to take, Christophe Chalencon, who calls himself the Yellow Vest movement’s spokesman, told Sputnik News.
The comment comes after French media reported that President Emmanuel Macron was mulling banning all rallies on the Champs-Élysées after a group of aggressive activists smashed boutiques on the main Parisian avenue last Saturday.
The 18th week of rallies was also marked by clashes with the police, with the protesters acting aggressively and provocatively.
“The problem is that even if they prohibit protests at the Champs-Élysées, it won’t stop the manifestations, the manifestations will move elsewhere and the episodes of destruction will continue.”
“They can implement all the security measures they want, but people are determined. People who didn’t see the changes that could improve their living conditions, will continue fighting. And the more weeks pass, the more determined they are to stand till the end”, Chalencon said.
Chalencon stressed that the Yellow Vests were “not vandals,” and these were actually some “black sheep” that come to protests only to crash everything.
According to Chalencon, the “clear” rise in violence is yet understandable since the government failed to come up with a political solution to the socioeconomic problems that triggered the protests.
Chalencon suggested that Macron, who, he says, tightened security around the Élysée Palace and then went for a skiing trip at the weekend, was thereby seeking to escape pressure.
“There were 10 CRS (Republican security companies), 1,000 policemen who circled the Élysée Palace, fearing intervention. This means that the government is afraid. If they don’t come up with political solution, this government is dead, it’s certain”, he claimed.
The Yellow Vest leader opined that Macron was making a grave mistake by ignoring the protesters, instead of sitting down at the negotiating table with them.
“The problem of Macron is that he doesn’t even question his politics… He needs to meet the yellow vests, sit down with them, listen to what they have to say and come up with a solution together.”
“And he avoids it as if it didn’t exist. And why he doesn’t want it is because he knows that he will not be a winner in this situation, that he will have to change his politics, otherwise people will continue protesting”, he said.
“In the situation of high abstention that we have, one needs to succeed in presenting a different political program with the three pillars: ecology, social sphere and democracy. We need to inherit the 5th republic legacy, but come up with another political spectrum”, he concluded.

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