The Yellow Vests officially demand end to Capitalism [Translation inside] blogs.mediapart.fr

Submitted by ziq in Anarchism

Over the weekend Gilets Jaunes held a massive "Assembly of Assemblies" which called upon elected representatives of Yellow Vest assemblies nationwide to debate and discuss matters of unified strategy and political demands. A general Manifesto was drafted, and today the Manifesto has been published. And oh boy, have I got news for you.

The final paragraphs of the Manifesto are as follows (sorry, google translate):

The multiplication of our current struggles calls us to seek unity of action.

We call on all levels of the territory to fight collectively to achieve the satisfaction of our social, fiscal, ecological and democratic demands.

Aware that we have to fight against a global system, we consider that it will be necessary to leave capitalism.

Thus we will collectively build this famous "all and all together" that we are chanting and that makes everything possible: we build all and all together, at all levels of the territory.

The power of the people, by the people, for the people. Do not look at us, join us!

The Assembly of Assemblies of Yellow Vests. 

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nostateuniversity wrote

I don't really trust any social movement to "end capitalism" but damn, if anyone could, it's the people in France.

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pearl wrote

There is no "official" in the Yellow Vests.

This highlights a popular shift left, but its not official, as nothing is when it comes to the Yellow Vests.

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ziq OP wrote

If they have a manifesto and elected reps, that's now changed.

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amongstclouds wrote

It's doomed to fail.

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rot wrote

probably but its something, it shows that at least in france there is a popular socialist movement

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amongstclouds wrote

Anti-capitalism doesn't necessitate anti-oppression or anti-exploitation. Many of the problems we see under capitalism would continue.

Don't trust mass social movements.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Even if it won't solve everything forever, it is a start, one that can be built on. Try to find the middle between optimism and pessimism. This movement has the potential to become something great, but it also has the power to turn into something awful, or dissolve entirely. All we can do is keep watching and fighting.

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amongstclouds wrote (edited )

It will become something awful... and no, this isn't 'pessimism', but just a solid understanding of the way social movements function under capitalism. My first concerns are with the folks who can't afford to go out on the weekends and play revolutionary.

I'm neither optimistic nor pessimistic about this movement, but it doesn't change my mind on how social organizations function. Wait till they begin to splinter due to a further fragmentation of desires but backed by a quasi-state apparatus.

"""Official declaration,""" more like the baby steps of an oppressive regime.

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n_n wrote

Not if people like us show them the light. :D

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amongstclouds wrote

I just want less 'official' grand declarations of war against some abstract enemy and more upheavals of every day life. Maybe if this movement didn't start as a weekend outing I'd take it more seriously.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I took the liberty of translating the whole thing, save for the heading, via Google Translate. If any actual French speakers want to take it on, feel free, seeing as Google Translate isn't probably the best source around.

Anyway, here it comes:

Following the 1st assembly of Commercy, about 200 delegations present continue their fight against liberal extremism policies for Freedom, Equality and Fraternity!

Despite the repressive escalation of the government, the accumulation of laws that aggravate for all living conditions, which destroy rights and freedoms; the mobilization is rooted to change the system embodied by Macron!

As the only answer to the converging aspirations of yellow vests and other struggles, the government panics and opposes an authoritarian drift.

For 5 months, everywhere in France, on the roundabouts, car parks, squares, tolls, in the demonstrations, in our assemblies: we continue to debate, to fight against all the forms of inequalities, injustice, discrimination, and for solidarity and dignity.

We claim:

  • the general increase in wages, pensions and social minima;

  • public services for all.

Our solidarity and our struggles are especially for the 9 million people living below the poverty line.

Aware of the environmental emergency, we say "End of the world, end of the month, same logic, same fight! "

In the face of the charade of the great debate, in the face of an unrepresentative government and the service of a privileged minority, we are setting up new forms of direct democracy.

In concrete terms, we recognize that the Assembly of Assemblies can receive proposals from local assemblies and issue guidelines (such as the call of the first Assembly of the Assemblies of Commercy). These guidelines are then systematically submitted to local groups.

The Assembly of Assemblies reaffirms its independence from political parties and trade unions, and does not recognize any self-proclaimed leader.

During 3 days, in plenary assembly and by thematic groups, we all debated and elaborated proposals on our demands, actions, means of communication and coordination.

We are in the long term and decide to organize a next assembly meeting in June.

In order to strengthen the balance of power, to put all citizens in order of battle against this system, the Assembly of assemblies calls for actions whose schedule will be released soon via a digital platform dedicated and secure.

The Assembly of Assemblies calls for expanding and strengthening sovereign local assemblies and creating new ones.

We call on all Yellow Vests to spread this call and the conclusions of our Assembly.

The results of the plenary work are made available to the local assemblies to feed the actions and reflections of the assemblies.

We make several calls: on the Europeans, the citizens' and local popular assemblies, against the repression and for the cancellation of the sentences of the prisoners and condemned of the movement.

It seems necessary to take a time of 3 weeks to mobilize all the yellow vests and convince those who are not yet!

We are calling for a Yellow Action Week starting May 1st.

We invite all those who want to end the grabbing of the Living to assume a conflictuality with the current system, to create together, by all means necessary a new social movement popular ecological.

The multiplication of current struggles calls us to seek unity of action.

We call on all levels of the territory to fight collectively to achieve the satisfaction of our social, fiscal, ecological and democratic demands.

Aware that we have to fight against a global system, we consider that it will be necessary to leave capitalism.

Thus we will collectively build this famous "all and all together" that we are chanting and that makes everything possible: we build all and all together, at all levels of the territory.

The power of the people, by the people, for the people. Do not look at us, join us!

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O_o wrote

Hello, French here! this is my corrected translation (actually, I'm not a translator):


Call form Yellow vests of Saint-Nazaire: Assembly of assemblies

Us, Yellow vests, formed into assemblies of our Local assemblies, gathered in Saint-Nazaire the 5, 6 and 7 April 2019, we express to the people as a whole.


This call will be voted by local assemblies.

Us, Yellow vests, formed into assemblies of our Local assemblies, gathered in Saint-Nazaire the 5, 6 and 7 april 2019, we express to the people as a whole.

Following the 1st assembly of Commercy, about 200 delegations present continue their fight against liberal extremism policies for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity!

Despite the repressive escalation of the government, the accumulation of laws that aggravate for all our living conditions, which destroy rights and freedoms; the mobilization is rooted to change the system embodied by Macron!

As the only answer to the converging aspirations of yellow vests and other struggles, the government panics and opposes an authoritarian drift.

For 5 months, everywhere in France, on the roundabouts, car parks, squares, road tolls, in the demonstrations, in our assemblies: we continue to debate, to fight against all the forms of inequalities, injustice, discrimination, and for solidarity and dignity.

Sunday 7 April 2019, Saint-Nazaire.

We claim:

  • the general increase in wages, pensions and social minima;
  • public services for all.

Our solidarity and our struggles are especially for the 9 million people living below the poverty line.

Aware of the environmental emergency, we say "End of the world, end of the month, same logic, same fight!"

In the face of the farce of the great debate, in the face of an unrepresentative government and the service of a privileged minority, we are setting up new forms of direct democracy.

In concrete terms, we recognize that the Assembly of Assemblies can receive proposals from local assemblies and issue guidelines (such as the call of the first Assembly of the Assemblies of Commercy). These guidelines are then systematically submitted to local groups.

The Assembly of assemblies reaffirms its independence from political parties and trade unions, and does not recognize any self-proclaimed leader.

During 3 days, in plenary assembly and by thematic groups, we all debated and elaborated proposals on our demands, actions, means of communication and coordination.

We are in the long term and decide to organize a next assembly meeting in June.

In order to strengthen the balance of power, to put all citizens in order of battle against this system, the Assembly of assemblies calls for actions whose schedule will be released soon via a dedicated and secure digital platform.

The Assembly of assemblies calls for expanding and strengthening sovereign local assemblies and creating new ones.

We call on all Yellow Vests to spread this call and the conclusions of our Assembly.

The results of the plenary work are made available to the local assemblies to feed the actions and reflections of the assemblies.

We make several calls: on the European elections, the citizens' and local popular assemblies, against the repression and for the cancellation of the sentences of the prisoners and condemned of the movement.

It seems necessary to take a time of 3 weeks to mobilize all the Yellow Vests and convince those who are not yet!

We are calling for a Yellow Action Week starting May 1st.

We invite all those who want to end the grabbing of the Living to assume a conflictuality with the current system, to create together, by all means necessary a new popular ecological social movement.

The multiplication of current struggles calls us to seek unity of action.

We call on all levels of the territory to fight collectively to achieve the satisfaction of our social, fiscal, ecological and democratic claims.

Aware that we have to fight against a global system, we consider that it will be necessary to leave capitalism.

Thus we will collectively build this famous "all and all together" that we are chanting and that makes everything possible: we build all and all together, at all levels of the territory.

The power of the people, by the people, for the people. Do not look at us, join us!

The assembly of Assemblies of Yellow Vests.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Thanks for helping us all out. There's probably a reason we shouldn't trust Google Translate for all our translating needs.

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ziq OP wrote

I'm a little worried that they're putting themselves into a box by sanctifying an official line.

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amongstclouds wrote

The baby steps of an oppressive regime -- but their ideology is similar to mine, so I am safe... right?

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BrowseDuringClass1917 wrote

I don't really fuck with the IMT, but they've been pretty good at predicting the majority of developments in the Yellow Vest movement which is pretty impressive.

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Freux wrote

That's some good google translate! "all and all together" is due to the binary gendered languages so just translating it to "all together" is enough.

I find it funny that even though they try to be inclusive they still missed a male gendered adjective and continue using France's motto with one in it (fraternity). The motto gives some nationalistic vibe to the movement, it's scary.

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amongstclouds wrote

I see an awful lot of French flags in the videos and even though I see people saying that it's taking a more 'left' persuasion I don't see how that counters nationalism.

Wait till the revolutionary party takes control and they start calling the deportation of refugees something like 'radical border cleansing', or some shit o don't know. Lol.

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throwaway wrote

If I wasn't surviving paycheck to paycheck, I'd go and fucking join them. Awesome to see how this movement has developed over the past months - from a mix of right and left-wing consumerist thought, to an all-in popular socialist revolution.

All solidarity to the yellow vests! Burn it all down comrades!

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