Anti-NATO Protests Spreading in Europe: Unreported in US

October 17th, 2022 - by Zee English News & Countercurrents Collective & Holly Stearnes / TickerNews

Massive Anti-NATO Protests Erupt
in France, Germany and Across Europe

Zee English News

(October 14, 2022) — These scenes of protests are playing out in parts of Europe. Protests against NATO and European Union. France, Germany and many other countries out on the streets as they grapple with a cost-of-living crisis. A massive crowd of protesters marched through the center of Paris demanding that France radically changes its stance on NATO and the EU.
Mike W — Funny thing, why do we have to go to India to hear news about Europe?  Is it because our own mainstream media doesn’t want us to know this?  Do we lack a free press in this country?

A massive anti-NATO protest fills the streets of Paris.

Thousands Join Paris Protest Against NATO And EU

Countercurrents Collective 

(October 10, 2022) — A massive protest of people marched through the center of the Paris on Saturday demanding that France radically change its stance on NATO and the EU.

The march was organized by the right-wing Les Patriotes (The Patriots) party led by Florian Philippot, the former deputy head of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally.

Dubbed “the national meeting of resistance,” the march attracted “thousands of thousands” of people, according to Philippot, who was also a member of the European Parliament between 2014 and 2019.

The demonstrators were holding a large banner reading Resistance and smaller placards that read Frexit – a reference to a demand that France leave the EU. Many protesters were also waving the national flag.

According to videos published by Philippot on social media, the crowd was chanting: “Let’s go out of NATO.” They also demanded the ouster of French President Emmanuel Macron as they marched near the parliament building, the footage purports to show.

The protesters denounced NATO “warmongering,” as well as economic “disruption” and “energy and health restrictions,” linked to the sanctions the EU imposed on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

French officials have not commented on the rally and provided no official figures as to the number of demonstrators. The French media mostly ignored the event as well. According to the website of Les Patriotes, similar rallies were also held on September 3 and 17.

The unrest comes as France increasingly struggles to cope with the ongoing energy crunch, a major cause of which is the EU’s sanctions policy. Last month, the head of the French energy regulator CRE warned that private households could face power outages this winter if there are severe cold spells.

Le Pen also warned that the nation should brace for a tough winter. The right-wing politician told BFMTV that the sanctions on Russia were not working and were harming the French people instead.

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Anti-NATO Protests Grow Amid Energy Crisis

Holly Stearnes / TickerNews

(October 10, 2022) — Tens of thousands of anti-NATO protestors have filled the streets, demanding France leaves the alliance, amid a growing energy crisis.

Chanting “let’s get out of NATO,” the demonstrators took to the streets protesting against the rising cost of living.

Demanding President Emmanuel Macron resign, they criticized his Government for suppling weapons to Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has caused a sweeping energy crisis across Europe, meaning it’s the everyday people and their back pockets suffering.

In France, petrol prices have soared to new highs, as many workers resort to strikes to send a message to the Government.

Far right leader, Marine Le Pen is clinging onto the anti-NATO sentiment among the French, promising her Government will ease the burden of living.

70,000 Protest Against Czech Government, EU and NATO


PRAGUE (September 3, 2022) — An estimated 70,000 people protested in Prague against the Czech government on Saturday, calling on the ruling coalition to do more to control soaring energy prices and voicing opposition to the European Union and NATO.

Organisers of the demonstration from a number of far-right and fringe political groups including the Communist party, said the central European nation should be neutral militarily and ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

Police estimates put the number of protesters at around 70,000 by mid-afternoon.

“The aim of our demonstration is to demand change, mainly in solving the issue of energy prices, especially electricity and gas, which will destroy our economy this autumn,” event co-organizer Jiri Havel told news website.

The protest at Wenceslas Square in the city centre was held a day after the government survived a no-confidence vote amid opposition claims of inaction against inflation and energy prices.

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