ER Editor: It is important to connect the story below of police exhaustion and discouragement with their superiors to an excellent, in-depth article we ran by Ollie Richardson titled Inside the Yellow Vests: What the Western media will not report (Part 3) at the end of July. The Yellow Vests have decided to broaden their protest strategy beyond public marches, which have become ineffective for various reasons, not least because of police clampdown. And they’re banking on extreme police fatigue as a key element in what is essentially now a war of attrition. From Richardson’s article:
I am now going to share with you some exclusive information that should help to understand where things currently stand and what direction we’re heading in. My source will remain undisclosed for security reasons.
In order to cope with the constant Yellow Vests demos, law enforcement is using a rotational system with the forces based overseas. This gives the illusion of some rest, whilst in reality work isn’t being paid. In fact, the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner himself admitted that there is no money for overtime.
In connection with this, the police unions are fed up and are trying to blackmail the regime into paying more. They want to protest in the street themselves, but the regime is clear – keep your mouth shut unless you want to be unemployed. The story found here is related to this circus.
If we look at the average level of participation on a Saturday, then the leader is Toulouse. And the police know that the heart of the Yellow Vests movement is here, and not in Paris. This explains why the police are extra brutal in Toulouse, with the video below serving as an example …
The police (CRS in particular) are not happy about potentially not being able to go on holiday this summer. To stand in the heat in full gear and receive insults/glass bottles all day is quite torturous. They try to force Saturday protests to end quickly (making the column walk quicker) so they can go home for the weekend. So to be dispatched to Toulouse for the weekend is like drawing the short straw. Of course, Paris isn’t any better, but it is the capital, and so the urge to defend it is stronger. It’s at least a better excuse for the wife to justify why you won’t be home for the weekend.
So, to return to my point about law enforcement being stretched to the limit, the scheme for the rest of the year has been established. The Yellow Vests’ triangle of actions is: toll road ops (even if the police disperse the Yellow Vests), roundabout occupations (even if the police demolish the Yellow Vests’ cabins), and Saturday demos (even if they are more localised). All 3 types of actions complement each other.
French police officers are tired of their working conditions
On the occasion of the 46th act of the movement, French police officers deplored their “physical and psychological fatigue”.
PARIS – “Who knows if my bosses will not call me back in an hour to mobilize me on the 46th demonstration of the ‘gilets jaunes’ tomorrow? It has become a classic!”.
This policeman, who did not know yet whether he would have his weekend free on Friday afternoon, is just one of many members of the police expressing a general fatigue about their working conditions, reports Le Parisien.
Yvan Assioma from Alliance, the majority police union, denounced the “enormous fatigue” everyone is feeling. “We want it to stop. We are sounding the alarm about the deterioration of our working conditions and the wave of suicides among police officers. We are asking for compensation and recognition,” he said.
A policeman attached to the Directorate of Public Order and Traffic (DOPC), who was mobilized for events on holidays from 6:30 to 22:30 explained that he was entitled to “only one lunch basket” for his 18 hours non-stop work. It is “a small dish in a tray, crisps, a bottle of mineral water and a fruit stew”. He added:
“These demonstrations of Yellow Vests have been exhausting, trying, dangerous. It is a physical and psychological fatigue. The administration treats us like pawns. Not to mention that these months of mobilization have hurt our family lives.”
Another guardian of the peace said he was “suffering from an anti-police feeling”.
“We feel vulnerable,” he said. “The problem is the staff of the police headquarters of Paris. They do not experience what we do on the ground. They are in their offices following the demonstrations with CCTV images. For them, it’s like a video game!”
He also denounced a “pressure” that they all felt. “On the demonstrations, we were forced to verbalize everything, sometimes to the limit of legality. For months now, we have experienced the politics behind all that. We cannot anymore”.
“The fatigue is not with the police’s mission but with the organisation,” insisted the regional secretary of the Alliance trade union in Paris. He said the bosses “do not hesitate to decorate senior officers with medals, but they give the feeling of having no recognition for the peacekeepers”.
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