After each event, the discussions revolve around the number of participants. With various estimates, inconsistent, all suspected, more or less correctly, of lies. From there, the comments of journalists, trade unionists, politicians are more of an exercise to satisfy the constituents than to open perspectives according to reality.
In meetings or small events where it is possible to count the participants, it is easy to see that the organizers declare numbers higher than reality, most often double, so as not to despair … For events concerning a few tens or a few hundred participants away from the masses and Billancourt … The truth is revolutionary but … within certain limits.
The second: to check, to establish a more favorable balance of power.
The government and, we must hope, the unions and the politicians, make their analysis not according to the figures proclaimed but figures closer to reality.
For those who want to make comments from the encrypted reality, it should not be very complicated. In particular to compare the degree of mobilization. As far as Paris is concerned, the figures of the Préfecture de police and those of the organizers, which sometimes differed from 1 to 4 or 5, were available to satisfy, to encourage the militants … For some time, the observers have counted made by a private company for a group of newspapers from right and left …
Immediately, the independence and direction of the sponsoring newspapers and the agency were challenged. And the method used. There had never been so many questions about the police counting methods and of course even less about those of the organizers …
The reflection and the meaning of the demonstrations is partly masked by these comments on how accounts avoid talking about why events and their relative importance. This is in addition to the scrambling due to the action of the Black Blocs which are listed more material effects and how they act than the why ….
Table 1: Participation in the various events of the spring of 2018 according to different sources of counting.
|22/03/18||49 000||65 000||
|01/05/18||34 500||55 000 CGT|
|05/05/18||40 000||160 000 FI||38 900|
|22/05/18||15 000||50 000 FO
30 000 CGT
|26/05/18||21 000||80 000 CGT||31 700|
For the events of this spring, according to the figures of the Prefecture, it was the March 22nd demonstration which had the most important participation, followed by that of May 5th (La Fête à Macron), which seems to confirm the enumeration of Occurrence. And for both, Préfecture and Occurrence, May 5th has gathered more people than the 26th … It remains to explain these post-modern mathematics invented by the left where 500 + 500 = 400!
François Ruffin and Dominique Lordon, followed especially by LaFrance insoumise, gather more people on May 5 than the 65 organizations, including La France insoumise, grouped behind ATTAC and the Copernic Foundation!
Or the least mobilization of La marée populaire pour l’égalité, la justice sociale et la soidarité (the popular tide for equality, social justice and solidarity) of May 26, to a more traditional form, to a unitary call with the ulterior motives of each, the conditions of this unity, together but each at a different place… weariness in the face of repeated demonstrations, the strikes that continue without apparent decline of the government and the president?
Be that as it may, the day of 26 was the day of an important national demonstration. By the number of participants in Paris, even if we would have liked it to be higher … But even if what happens in Paris always has a more important echo, the 26th, La Marée was also organized in 190 cities in France then that May 5 was only in Paris.
In a relative union of associations, unions (even if not all of them …) and political parties of the left, a relative union because these organizations were in the parade but not together.
Classically, in Paris, social demonstrations, policies against nationalization, attacks on social security …, are largely white, neighborhood populations do not participate or little. A touch of color is often brought by the presence of groups of undocumented (Les sans-papiers) or members of the CGT or Droit au logement (Right to Housing).
The proportions are reversed when it comes to struggles against facies checks, discrimination, police slippage. Or to claim a memorial for the victims of slavery …..
This time, the Adama committee had called to participate and take the lead of the procession. Popular neighborhoods have not landed en masse but it’s a start.
Everyone knows now that the President of the Republic has chosen his side, that he attacks the popular masses on all fronts at the same time. That it is the same president who accentuates the desertification of the countryside (removal of hospital services, post offices …), persecutes asylum seekers, like previous governments, abandons neighborhoods with the setting in a drawer of the report Borloo that he had asked for, dismantled the labor code, reduced the number of civil servants, subsidized jobs and social budgets, attacking whistle-blowers, abolishing the PLA, privatizing and reducing taxes for the benefit of the richest …
May 26th was the first step, it is hoped that social, labor and political organizations are aware of the expectation of all categories of people. So that La Marée populaire pour l’égalité, la justice sociale et la solidarité (The People’s Tide for Equality, Social Justice and Solidarity) rises, from all sides, from all social categories, at the same time.