Tuesday, June 14, 2016

At least 40 injured, many arrests in Paris anti-labor reform protests

At least 40 people, including 29 police officers, were injured when the latest protest against France’s highly unpopular labor law reforms turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police in Paris today. Police arrested many prostors and used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

Paris police chief Michel Cadot said he estimated "maybe more than 50,000 demonstrators" joined the protest in the city.

Clashes took place near the capital’s Port Royal railway station. Dozens of people, mostly wearing hoods, threw stones and firecrackers at the security forces, who responded with force to disperse the demonstration.

The unpopular reform, initiated by Labor Minister Myriam El Khomri, forces employers to pay only 10 percent of overtime bonus, instead of the current 25 percent. The bill technically maintains the 35-hour working week, but says that in case of “exceptional circumstances,” employees can be asked to work up to 60 hours a week.

The seven main French unions were hoping to attract a million workers to the protest against French President Francois Hollande's controversial labor reforms, despite falling support for the mass protests that have disrupted France since early March. A series of strikes and mass demonstrations have brought chaos to the rail network, the Paris Metro, airports, and road transport, because of industrial action and blockades at fuel refineries and depots.

The action is aimed at overturning reforms to the highly codified French workers' rights laws — known as the Code du travail — in order to give employers more flexibility. The labor reforms were largely directed at making companies take on more workers on permanent contracts, rather than temporary ones including zero hours contracts, to bring down the unemployment rate from ten percent. The trend to contract working and part time work was set in train by restrictive rules imposed by the EU which, at the same time as they imposed unacceptable restrictions on European employers, made it easier to 'offshore' jobs or to subcontact work through agencies to foreign firms which under EU law, are answerable to the law of the country in which the form is registered. Hollande's proposals would give employers more scope to lay-off workers and cut costs and allow some employees to work far longer than the current 35-hour week.

The reforms were pushed through by Hollande, who invoking a little used piece of the constitution — Article 49.3 — bypassed the Senate — which is dominated by Republicans, who are against the reforms.

Opinion polls show that, while four out of five, disagree with the labor reforms, there is dwindling support for the industrial action — particularly with the eyes of the world on France, which is hosting the current Euro 2016 football tournament. France 24 reported that only 4.5 percent of employees at state-owned national rail company SNCF were on strike Monday (June 13) — which is significantly smaller than previously.


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Assange Says Wikileaks will publish ‘enough evidence’ to indict Hillary Clinton.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has revealed the whistleblower website has more damning information on Hillary Clinton which will be published if Barack Obama and the US Department of Justice continue to block the FBI's efforts to indict the Democratic Party presidential nominee. Assange claims what Wikileaks have is enough to indict Mrs. Clinton if the US government is courageous enough to do so, in what he predicts will be “a very big year” for the whistleblowing website.

That said of course, as Boggart Abroad has reported many times, the FBI have more than enough to indict Hillary on charges relation to her using a private, non - secure server to handle top secret information, and also on charges relating to misappropriation of funds from the former First Lady's charity The Clinton Foundation. On top of that the Clinton campaign faces several accusations of voter fraud from her opponent for the democrats nomination, Bernie Sanders. In New York and California, (where the result was called for Killary with millions of votes still uncounted), two states that could between then reverse the outcome of the nomination process, thousands of Sanders supporters say their names had been removed from the register and they were not allowed to vote.

In a TV interview screened on Sunday morning, Assange expressed concerns about the Democratic presidential candidate, who he claims is monitoring him, Assange described Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump as an “unpredictable phenomenon”, but predictably, given their divergent political views, didn’t say if he preferred the billionaire to be president.

Peston did not ask if he supported Green Party candidate Jill Stein, even though she said she would immediately pardon Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning if elected, or Libertarian Gary Johnson.

“We have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication,” Assange told Robert Peston of UK's Independent Television News (ITN) on Sunday when asked if more of her leaked electronic communications would be published.

About 32,000 emails from her private server have been leaked by Wikileaks so far, but Assange would not confirm the number of emails or when they are expected to be published.

Speaking via video link from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been banged up for three years in order to avoid extradition on trumped up charges, Assange said that there was enough information in the emails to indict Clinton, but that was unlikely to happen under the current Attorney General, Obama appointee Loretta Lynch.

He also said he thinks "the FBI can push for concessions from the new Clinton government in exchange for its lack of indictment." This of course would be typical of Hillary Clinton and her equally crooked husband.


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