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May 30 2013

Huge Anti-Equality Protest in France

With France joining the list of nations guaranteeing marriage equality for gays and lesbians recently, the far right in that country has lost its mind and is engaging in aggressive protests against it. More than 150,000 people engaged in a near-riot in Paris over it this weekend.

Tens of thousands of people registered a final, furious protest against same-sex marriage on Sunday, days before the first wedding ceremony under a new law.

At least 150,000 protesters converged on Paris, marshalled by more than 4,500 police who were deployed after the government warned of a risk of violence and disruption.

Riot police evicted about a dozen far-right activists who used ladders to climb on to the roof of the Socialist party headquarters and unfurled a banner saying “Hollande resign”.

The night before the demonstration, 50 people were arrested after chaining themselves to metal barriers they had placed in the middle of the Champs Elysées and firing smoke canisters. A van carrying masks, banners and smoke bombs was seized by police.

Think about this a minute. They aren’t protesting against an unnecessary war that will send countless innocent people to their death. They aren’t protesting a government policy that increases human suffering. They’re protesting against allowing gay people to get married. They’re protesting against the advance of human rights and equality that has no effect on them at all. How messed up is that?

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  1. 1
    shouldbeworking

    How messed up is that? As messed up as DOMA, Tea Party, Harper muzzling Canadian scientists… No country has a monopoly on stupid, it’s like pollution, everyone shares.

  2. 2
    unbound

    As George Carlin said, “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

    They truly are everywhere.

  3. 3
    a miasma of incandescent plasma

    They were right all along – Gay marriage really will destroy society. It’s just the bigots that will be doing the wrecking…

    “Nice society you got here, would be a shame if something happened to it.”

  4. 4
    matty1

    Not to excuse the bigotry but I understand Hollande is already quite unpopular due to a flailing economy. So I give some credibility to the speculation I heard on BBC radio that a lot of people joined the protest who, while they are anti-equality, would not normally have protested in the streets over the marriage law alone.

  5. 5
    Raging Bee

    We don’t need government telling us what to do because people are smart enough to make their own deci — um, never mind.

  6. 6
    beezlebubby

    The leaders of Manif puor Tous have stepped down in response to their movement being hijacked by violent fascists. Frgide Bardot is still an idiotic hater, but she isn’t down with the people who just want to break things.

  7. 7
    Don Quijote

    Liberté, Égalité,, fratenité. =Cojones.

  8. 8
    dingojack

    150,000 people is about 6.7141% of the population of Paris or 0.23637% of the population of mainland France.
    Heckler’s veto indeed!
    Dingo

  9. 9
    TGAP Dad

    I used to think the French were more sophisticated than us. Then I saw their weird disgust for beast feeding, and now this..

  10. 10
    laurentweppe

    You know that 150.000 protesters is a punny number by France’s standard.

    But the most important thing about it is…
    Before Hollande was elected, far-right voters were at 60% in favor of mariage equality, and they justified themselves by saying that homophobia was a “muslim thing”.

    Now, a non negligible part of the center-right voting block also went from pro mariage equality to opposed to it when they realized that it would en up in the Left’s legacy (to give you an idea: approximately one fourth of the current opponants to mariage equality were in favor of it during the previous right-wing president’s tenure) but for the most part, they remained peaceful in their hypocrisy, leaving the display of agressivity to the very people who 18 month ago loved to claim that the only homophobes in France had arabic names.

  11. 11
    rork

    “that has no effect on them at all”
    Folks who think gay behavior wrong will have to endure more of it. I think it possible that more folks who have some choice about it (like me) will opt for same-sex sexual partners (though there’s risk of loosing the edginess of it, and the rebel-loves-a-cause deliciousness). Their parents may not like that. It might reduce their chances at grandkids, but I’m speculating. Maybe it’s too early to tell what the effects really will be. I fully believe any downside will be overshadowed by the good in being more accepting of homosexuality, and that’s the conclusion I would usually like to hear.
    We used to have shirts saying to get used to it. They didn’t say I’m here, I’m queer, but it doesn’t matter.

  12. 12
    Akira MacKenzie

    France’s far-right is more aggressive than America’s, who, for all their romanticized Revolutionary War bluster and Red Dawn wet-dreams, probably wouldn’t have the guts to jaywalk on their way to the Tea Party rally. Quite ironic after the latter’s post 9-11 efforts to paint the French as cowardly and pascifist. Instead, their bigoted theocrats are willing to to riot (and blow their brains out in a cathedral) for their hate, while ours can’t get their fat asses off the couch.

  13. 13
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Then I saw their weird disgust for beast feeding

    No noms for French kittehs. They haz a sad.

  14. 14
    Modusoperandi

    TGAP Dad “I used to think the French were more sophisticated than us. Then I saw their weird disgust for beast feeding, and now this..”
    Zat’s becowz you do eet, how you say, oncorrectlee. Here, en France, wee do eet Fronsh-style, mush lak zee Fronsh kees. Alzo, en France, we do eet like we do marriage, weeth a, how you say, adultress.

  15. 15
    Scott Hanley

    rork:
    Folks who think gay behavior wrong will have to endure more of it.

    No, they will have to be more aware of it and that other people don’t share their revulsion. It’s not the same thing at all.

  16. 16
    Gretchen

    @1

    How messed up is that? As messed up as DOMA, Tea Party, Harper muzzling Canadian scientists… No country has a monopoly on stupid, it’s like pollution, everyone shares.

    Right out of the gate. The very first commenter assumes that if you criticize something in another country you must think your own is somehow perfect.

    Why?

  17. 17
    metro

    Personally I look on the bright side:
    1) France’s political culture includes fairly serious public group protest. The annual student protests are much bigger.

    2) Gay marriage made it.

    3) I can’t wait to watch the US right-wingers who characterize the entire nation of France as “surrender monkeys” and refuse to order French toast, French fries, or a blowjob in slang suddenly slew around and cheer these principled protestors.

    Of course the protests are happening outside the US, so they may not notice.

  18. 18
    coffeehound

    @ 17, and they won’t miss a beat, you’re right; I mean even cheese-eating surrender monkeys know this will bring down the wrath of teh gawd on us all!

  19. 19
    Modusoperandi

    metro “3) I can’t wait to watch the US right-wingers who characterize the entire nation of France as ‘surrender monkeys’ and refuse to order French toast, French fries, or a blowjob in slang suddenly slew around and cheer these principled protestors.”
    In protest I, for one, threw out my freedom tickler.

  20. 20
    phrankeaufyl

    Merde!

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