There’s a crisis worldwide. Almost everywhere can we expect anger at face value, given the dramatic effects of the current crisis. But here in France, there’s a crisis inside too.
Attempts at reforming Academia and School have met with incredibly sustained opposition, and once isn’t a rule, with a quite general collateral sympathy.
That said, a president that thinks peer-review is just no more than self-assessment and that it is best to cut funding for tutored teaching to schoolkids with learning difficulties, is probably not a president that’s on way to popularity within the grand education community.
What’s more, with a creeping inflation due to lasting consequences of adopting the euro and the more recent oil crisis, and with unemployment rising despite new round to calculate indices a softer way, and buying power burried in the swampy path in between, so many people are now in dire situations that it can only get serious.
When you’re used to take vacations with the most wealthy people on earth, I don’t think you’re able to understand that there was a quite serious warning latest 19th March. With a republic gone back to a monarchy, one would expect something some day, maybe soon.
Now, I’ve been playing the game with a friend’s camera, so I’m just putting it in the story line of a great demonstration day.
Great because, as usual when a strike goes beyond corporate interests of a few, there’s a vivid spirit of meeting and sharing, of mixing and gathering, and it’s really what I like in these grand events. Diversity walking.
First there’s always some clowns joining in, and that’s just plain greatness.
I counted at least 14 of these, many of which were musicians. This species can thus fairly be said not to be extinct, even if facing the crisis just like everyone else.
Demonstrations this day were overcrowded, flowered and flowed hours long in several hundreds of kilometers. Since I won’t have enough to write an overflow, I’m just commenting the following pixes, but if you’re really in a hurry, please have a look to the conclusion one…
The school issues decided many people to protest (above, below).
Protest against the cut for the one year training (but paid) mandatory to achieve a teaching diploma.
How to devise winning strategies for the class struggle, regularization of all ‘illegal’ immigrants (I put the quotes because most of the ‘illegals’ became so due to slow and reluctant administrative process even if they were perfectly legal first), woman rights and so… (from Alternative Libertaire).
It’s spring and flowers were such a good idea… (JC).
Finally, the current economic situation is more or less like this: we’re stopping, and there’s no sign that social help will improve since everything has been used to save the banks.
So what’s the point? In the end, this is all what you get (no, not a beer!):