NOTE: I originally got this story on Infoshop News. They’ve now pulled it, I can’t verify it’s accuracy or link you to the story. Proceed with caution. -WG
Rioting in France over austerity measures has spread across the Atlantic Tuesday night, with small groups of youths forming sporadically throughout Brooklyn and causing disturbances.
The youths were seen building barricades, setting several cars on fire, and skirmishing with police, ostensibly in opposition to cuts to social services in France and the United States. The protests come as countries around the globe are adopting IMF-style austerity programs and cutting social services amid the global economic recession in attempts to right* their economies.
*Meaning “right” them to the satisfaction of the corporate elites, whereby the working classes foot the bill for their criminality. -WG
The demonstrators last night carried signs saying “We won’t pay for their crisis,” as they chanted, “From Paris to Brooklyn, Nous Sommes Tous Des Casseurs.” The skirmishes were described by NYPD as fairly mild, though eyewitnesses describe seeing several cars set ablaze in the rioting.
One demonstrator who asked that his name be withheld said, “We want to see a global rebellion against a future of capitalist crisis, so we are making it happen tonight; we want to show the youth in France that they are inspiring us and they should keep rioting.”
Several residents said the groups of youth were handing out copies of “The Coming Insurrection,” an anonymously-written book from France made famous when its supposed authors were arrested on terrorism charges in France and became known as the Tarnac 9. When the book was released in English last year, an impromptu book party was held in a New York Barnes & Nobles, which was reported in the New York Times.
The United States has not seen massive protests like the ones currently taking place in France against raising the retirement age, but many states have levied severe cuts to social services since the financial crisis began, including cuts to higher education that sparked occupations of university building throughout the U.S. last year.
Whether these riots in Brooklyn are an isolated occurrence or will spread throughout the U.S. as the situation in France becomes more serious remains to be seen.