What started off as an economic and political grievance has morphed into a massive protest, where the yellow vest has become unsightly for French President Emmanuel Macron. The yellow vest movement began 17 November 2018 and has held steady into 2019 it is now in its 14th week and looks only to continue as President Macron has only managed to escalate tensions.
Initially, the protestors only wanted an undoing of the new governmental tax reforms as well as the burdening increases in fuel and cost of living. However, the protestors were met with riot police, water cannons, and teargas. With Macron holding steady on tax reform and fuel increases as pressure mounted.
The yellow vest protestors by 4 December, were calling for President Macron resignation. Macron attempted to quell the fires by announcing that fuel increases would not happen and new tax reform would be put on hold.
The yellow vest movement, unfortunately, has become very violent with many French citizens have lost eyes and hands from rubber bullets and stun grenades due to the brutality of the police. The police have also suffered injuries from the continuing protest with throwing rocks.
President Macron may be losing standing as the number of injured citizens continues to increase and other rival political parties and European leaders like Italian deputy prime minister Di Maio, siding with the yellow vests.
By Mokgethi Mtezuka