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France or Britain: where lies the new generation of rioters?

  • Serial Ululer
  • Pioneer
  • Writer

In both countries, it is the young generation of students who's taking centre stage in recent riots which have made the news worldwide.

Protests and strikes seem to have become a part of French culture since the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, and fighting for what they believe in is almost inherent in the French disposition.

However, the Brits are giving the French a run for their money with the recent series of violent protests over tuition fees. The Independent claims the student rioters have been using "French-style resistance" against the Government's public-spending cuts. But the question is: are they actually out-doing the French?

More than 25,000 students in total are believed to have taken part in protests across the country, of which 10,000 have flooded the streets of London. One protester threw a fire extinguisher from the top of a building during Wednesday's student demonstrations.

Perhaps one of the most shocking parts of all is that in a protest filled with such confrontation and aggression, young girls from decent backgroundsare getting caught up, and, it appears, thoroughly enjoying themselves...

In a recent protest in Whitehall near Downing Street, reporters described the young female rioters as "well dressed, with short skirts and trendy scarves". Fires burned and pages from school exercise books were torn out and thrown onto the flames. 

Here are some snaps of British student rioters:

Meanwhile, France has been gripped by intensifying mass opposition by workers and students to the government's proposed pension reform.It has triggered three national strikes each involving millions of people, two national student strikes and a growing wave of strikes in a range of industries.

Let's looks at one example: in a western suburb in Paris, about 100 students faced police in riot gear. Police tried to barricade the school, charging at the youths with shields, helmets and batons. A student in Paris claimed, "They gassed us with individual tear gas cannisters. They then charged." This only encouraged the students fight back even harder, as they began pelting policemen with rocks.

So, in your opinion, which generation of youths is showing a greater propensity to riot?

2 replies

  • Pioneer
  • Writer

Wow! Cool pictures!

English students are doing good, in my opinion, to catch up with the French way of strike. Buty there's still numerous little group in France, doing all the most violent stuff during strikes, that are not affiliate with the strikers themselves: anarchist factions, looters, lost kids who just wanna burn cars... Serious issues are at stake here, often ignored or used politically to serve speaches about security... 

Sad story.

  • Pioneer
  • Writer

That's very true Marty, I don't think the French can ever be beaten with regard to their strikes and demonstrations...

But check out this vid of the protests in London!


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