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Free Speech and Communication and Consequences

The “Yellow Vest” protests he is a part of present an extraordinary venting of rage and resentment by ordinary working people, aimed at the mounting inequalities that have eroded their lives. The unrest began in response to rising gas taxes and has been building in intensity over the past three weeks, peaking on Saturday.

With little organization and relying mostly on social media, they have moved spontaneously from France’s poor rural regions over the last month to the banks of the Seine, where they have now become impossible to ignore.
- Adam Nossiter, ‘Yellow Vests’ Riot in Paris, but Their Anger Is Rooted Deep in France, NYT, Dec. 2, 2018


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