BREAKING: Far-Right Leading Brexit March in London

Roads are set to be closed in central London, in preparation for a march led by Brexiteers – dubbed the ‘Brexit Betrayal March’. The Metropolitan Police are also preparing to close local bars and pubs in an attempt to minimise potential disorder in central London.

Tommy Robinson, prominent supporter of the demonstration, issued a warning to the Prime Minister. He said: ‘Revolution is coming’ and encouraged the Prime Minister to ‘take note’ of the frustration across the United Kingdom – with regards to the alleged betrayal of Brexit.

Supporters have claimed that their movement is comparable to the ongoing social upheaval in France. But, from the comments posted online it appears that their frustration does not focus on austerity and poverty in the United Kingdom – which are the primary concerns of the gilet jaunes in France.

One man wrote: ‘I would rather die on my feet fighting, than on my knees bowing down to the EU and Islam’. These examples of far-right rhetoric have increasingly come under intense criticism, with many planning to oppose the march later today.

A counter-demonstration has also been arranged, with many distancing themselves from the rhetoric espoused by Tommy Robinson and UKIP. The counter-demonstration has attracted the support of prominent individuals, including John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor.

Mr. McDonnell said: ‘A newly energised, well-funded network of hate is emerging, from Steve Bannon in the US to the former EDL [English Defence League] leader Tommy Robinson at home, and it threatens the very fabric of our nation. The Labour movement must be front and centre in opposing them’.

Laura Parker, National Coordinator for Momentum, said in a statement that: ‘I think that the threat from the far right is now obviously so huge, however, that there has to be a peaceful mobilisation by pretty much everybody, from trade unions to party members and others.’

Owen Jones, campaigner and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, has been rallying support for the counter-demonstration which he is also set to attend later today, details of which can be found here.

Updates will follow throughout the day..

Comment from Thomas Howard, Editor at TPN:

Divisive rhetoric is continuing to disseminate throughout the United Kingdom. There are growing calls for a ‘People’s Vote’, but these calls have angered some of those who voted ‘Leave’ in the 2016 Referendum.

It is essential that these divisions are healed, if not we can expect more frustration from members of the public – in the form of demonstrations.

Regardless, it appears that the current proposals outlined by Theresa May have caused widespread anger throughout the country and these proposals are set to be rejected by the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Calls for a ‘State of Emergency’ in France

2nd December 2018

President Emmanuel Macron has been forced to chair an emergency security meeting, following a day of riots by hundreds of anti-government protesters in Paris. One government spokesman has said that a ‘state of emergency’ could be imposed to tackle the social unrest – following over two weeks of civil unrest in France.

 

More than 400 people were arrested on Saturday, with over 300 remaining in police custody on Sunday. President Macron recognised the legitimate concerns of peaceful protesters and said that he would hear their ‘anger’, but he denounced the infiltration of rioters across France. In Buenos Aires, at a news conference, President Macron said he ‘will never accept violence’.

 

Shouts could be heard from the estimated 5,000 gilet jaunes demonstrators at the Champs Élysées: ‘Macron, resign!’ But, by the afternoon the streets witnessed battles between rioters and police. Police have fired tear gas, stun grenades, and deployed a water canon against the disorderly protesters in Paris. Christophe Castaner, Interior Minister, claimed that thousands of troublemakers had come to ‘pillage, smash, steal, wound and even kill’. He claimed those rioters were ‘professionals at causing disorder’.

 

Who are the protesters in France?

 

It is estimated that 300,000 individuals participated in the first country-wide demonstration on 17 November. Grievances include ‘rising taxes’ and ‘falling standards of living’. One of the protesters stated: ‘We’ve got no choice. We have to use our cars in the countryside.’ In response to be questioned about their economic struggles, she said: ‘Every day we feel the impact.’

 

Protesters are from various locations and have a range of political affiliations – the most common attribute is their anger toward the fuel increases in France.

 

The price of diesel has risen by around 23% to 1.51 per litre in the past twelve months – its highest since the early 2000s. Oil prices began to fall, but the increase was exacerbated by the hydrocarbon tax which was raised by 7.6% per litre of diesel in 2018. His decision to impose a further increase of 7.6% on diesel in January 2019 has been seen as the cause of the demonstrations in France.

 

Concerns initially centred on the price of fuel, which led to yellow vests (gilet jaunes) being used as a symbol to unite drivers across France. However, demonstrators have now been raising concerns surrounding the cost of living for individuals and families in France.