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SHOCKING FOOTAGE: French Police Forced To Flee By Yellow Vest Protestors

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Footage being released today on ongoing “yellow vests” protests in the nation of France reveals that the working class protest movement against the neoliberal and climate alarmist policies of French President Emmanuel Macron is far from over.

A video surfacing of ongoing Paris demonstrations showed a chaotic and hectic scene in which French police officers appeared totally unable to control the situation, in which yellow vest-clad protestors were seen lobbing back tear gas canisters that apparently had been dispensed throughout the crowds.

Outnumbered and overwhelmed, the French police-seemingly equipped for the very purpose of controlling a riot akin to their circumstances- were seen fleeing the scene on motorcycles.

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Another view of the spectacle revealed how clearly the mass of protesters outnumbered and swarmed the beleaguered police officers.

The yellow vest mass protest movement arose weeks ago throughout France, spurred by a crushing new carbon tax instituted by the limousine liberal Emmanuel Macron that was slated to make everyday life far more difficult for working French citizens. The mass movement of protestors, which was said to bring out a whopping total of 282,000 people on November 17th, seems to still be going strong from the potent demonstration that occurred in Paris today.

Macron would go on to back down in the face of mass public opposition to his environmentalist fuel tax by canceling the measure, but the protests endured nonetheless, taking a wider stance of opposition to Macron’s neoliberal policies. Now it remains to be seen if the demands of many yellow vest demonstrators to remove the widely unpopular President from office will be met.

 

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Canadian Police Report Almost 2,200 Home Visits To Monitor Quarantine Compliance

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Canadian police officers reportedly have conducted almost 2,200 home visits to ensure travelers into the country are complying with quarantine rules.

In late March, the Canadian government announced the start of the Quarantine Act, which mandates that anyone entering the country, with the exception of essential workers like truck drivers and those in healthcare, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Failure to comply can incur a fine of up to $750,000 and/or six months in prison. However, so far there have been no arrests, and only one fine of $1,000.

Still, many may find unsettling the degree to which the Canadian police, in coordination with official border and health services, are enforcing a nanny state by paying home visits to incoming travelers deemed at risk of non-compliance. In addition, prime minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that even tougher measures could be coming, even once Canada begins easing cross-border travel.

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Also in late March, the Trudeau government announced a halt to all immigration in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, current immigration applications would not be closed or denied due to failure to meet typical requirements.

Still, many pointed out that Canada’s response was actually stronger than the US’, which has continued to import thousands of H-1B workers even while under lockdown due to a global pandemic.

The border between the US and Canada has been closed since the end of March, and this was recently extended, likely into mid-June. Trudeau has stated that the closure and its extension were implemented with full cooperation from the US.

While travel into Canada has not stopped completely, it has fallen drastically since the implementation of restrictive policies. However, critics of the government question whether Trudeau reacted quickly enough, and argue that the policy going forward is too vague and requires more explanation and accountability.

As stated by Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus:

“It was the Trudeau government’s failure to close our borders that allowed the virus to spread in the first place. It is incumbent on the Trudeau government to explain how they plan to ensure that travelers who are coming back to Canada are not spreading COVID-19… Unfortunately, right now the Trudeau government is telling Canadians to ‘wait and see’ without explaining what metrics they are relying on to make decisions.”

While Canada is doing significantly better than the US in terms of the number of cases, one tragically sobering area in which it has exhibited clear failure is the fate of its elderly, particularly those in state and private long-term care institutions.

It is estimated that up to 86% of the Canadian death toll is from facilities such as long-term care, retirement, and corrections, with the first two making up the large majority. In one privately-run nursing home, as much as one third of residents have died from coronavirus.

While the situation is complex and there are few countries that do not seem to have significant problems with their approach, it is clear that something is wrong with Canada’s. Perhaps the government should focus more on taking care of its elderly than intrusively monitoring its citizens.

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