Scenes of further violence against medics pleading for resources as the French right tries to justify police actions
Although the issue has been widely ignored by UK media – following a pattern set by non-coverage of the ‘gilets jaunes‘ protests against cuts – French health staff have been protesting against the collapse of the country’s health services under so-called ‘moderate’ president Emmanuel Macron.
Also largely ignored by this country’s media has been Macron’s use of violence against protesting doctors and nurses, with tear gas and baton charges unleashed just yesterday.
But even more horrific scenes of violence have come to light, as police were filmed dragging a woman around by her hair and throwing her against a tree and then the ground, before kneeling on her in scenes appallingly reminiscent of the murder of George Floyd – as she cries out that she is a nurse and needs her inhaler:
French right-wingers have tried to claim that the woman had earlier been seen throwing rocks at the police. However, footage of the stone-thrower shows an apparently older woman wearing a white tunic with a blue badge on the front left chest – while the woman being brutalised by police is wearing a plain white tunic:
The SKWAWKBOX wrote yesterday that the line between centrism and fascism is a narrow one. At least in France, run by the man who was for so long the darling of UK ‘moderates’, it seems to have vanished.
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