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October 17, 2010

Another Saturday … Another Manifestation

by soundlandscapes

Another Saturday and another manifestation – another in the series of protests and strikes against the Government’s plan to increase the pension age here in France from 60 to 62.

As usual, the starting point yesterday was the Place de la République where an enthusiastic crowd had gathered when I arrived.

The number of people protesting was huge and they completely filled the streets comprising the route from Place de la République to Nation via Place de la Bastille.

This manifestation was made up of all sorts of people representing all sorts of organisations – including these anarchists.

It also included a rich cocktail of unions and students … historically a potentially potent combination in France.

And, of course there was the usual rich tapestry of sound to be heard.

There were several ways the protestors used to get their message across. This was one way …

I find the subtle changes in the rythymn and repetition of the words  in this sound clip fascinating.

And this is how the students did it …

Of course there is a another way … simply to explain what the message is but if that doesn’t work then add some more chanting..

Although the demonstrators took their protest very seriously there was also time for fun too …

The next manifestation about pension reform takes place on Tuesday 19th October.

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