It was ominous yesterday with waves and waves of young people chanting down the big pedestrian street I live on in Lyon. But today... horrible. Screaming, breaking smashing, looting, broken glass everywhere, tear gas, shielded police... just a crying shame.
the original protest which has been going on for 10 some days is to stop the government from voting in a measure to raise the retirement age. But the young, poor, from immigrant origin have taken it to be their protest, skipping school and hitting the streets. It basically is a reflection of their anger being poorer minorities. There are armed police on every street corner right now. This minority needs a Martin Luther King to rise among them and lead the people to peaceful means of getting justice and eradicating racism. I'm praying for peace.
I understand that the French believe it is every French persons right to protest. I cannot understand how this needs to lead to violence and destruction.
Bon, gros bisous de paix (peace) et a demain.