Activist groups, Stand Up To Racism and The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, are calling for thousands to come out wearing yellow vests for the anti-austerity “Britain is Broken” march in London this weekend.
Various groups have been jockeying to emulate the yellow vest movement as it has spread into the UK and Ireland. People have been critical of the movement in the UK and Ireland as some elements have exhibited xenophobic and anti-immigrant anti-refugee sentiments. Anti-racists are now taking the movement back from any xenophobes and racists who would try to co-opt the popular unrest.
“The protest has been called in solidarity with the yellow vest movement in France and across the world,” organizers calling for demonstrations said. “People in France standing up against Macron’s, the French President’s, attacks on public services and his attempts to make ordinary people pay to tackle climate change.”
People Before Profit Belfast is also calling for people to attend the Yellow Vest, Occupy Belfast protest being held on Saturday January 12. The group in Ireland is protesting against austerity and zero hour contracts. They recently rejected an invitation from another yellow vest group after viewing what they described as “xenophobic and anti-immigration” material on its social media page.
The Yellow Vest movement in France was sparked by a regressive tax hike on fuel and soon escalated to be a major populist movement and a platform for expressing widespread anger with the corrupt systems and powers that rule over France. The leaderless movement has been going strong for two months and has picked up momentum in the new year.