The people shall govern; in peace
A new European anti-government protest movement takes shape
By Pam Barker | TLB staff writer
Paris and other cities across France and Europe have been witnessing a new form of street demonstration since March 31. A so far leaderless movement called la Nuit Debout or Up All Night, protestors occupy a public space well into the night to discuss topics centered around social justice and the effects of neoliberal policies.
In a short interview given to Europe1 a few days ago, one of the movement’s participants, Gael Brustier, a graduate student in political science, notes how the movement started out simply as a demonstration against the government’s proposed reforms to the country’s Labor Code or Code du Travail, which seek to restrict certain workers’ rights. It has since naturally morphed into a generalized protest movement, notably by young people who have become increasingly disadvantaged by a declining…
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