A prominent German left-wing politician has called upon a Movement of almost 170,000 to “take to the streets” in the style of France’s Yellow Vests.
Sahra Wagenknecht has called upon members of her Aufstehen movement, which was founded to
“We have big plans for next year, not least because we
recognisewhen people go on to the streets to protest – especially those who have not had a political voice for many years who rediscovered their voice by protesting – then political change can happen. This is what we’re seeing in France right now.”
She was keen to avoid the violence of the Yellow Vest protests in France that has seen ten people lives taken.
“I think it’s completely wrong to reduce the Yellow Vest movement in France to violence, of course, there are those ready for violence amongst the protesters, but the movement is much broader than that.
I’m clear that we don’t want any violence, but at the same
timeyou have to recognisethat it is a clear expression of pent-up anger. It doesn’t come out of nowhere.
We will be visible on the street and in the public eye in 2019.”
The leader of the movement explained how she did not wish for the movement to compete with other left-wing parties saying: “We want a movement that contributes to bringing these parties on the left together and instigates a new social revival.”
She continued: “It is of importance to us to remain above party politics and I
The Leader spoke of Brexit in her speech along with strong words of support for Jeremy Corbyn who she said she would like to see as the next British Prime Minister.
“Some of those who voted for Brexit did it out of a sense of social frustration.
People working in former industrial areas where the already low wages have not
risen,because unlike in Germany the companies have been able to depend ofeast European workers.
The poorer half simply doesn’t have access to the positive things in Europe,” she added.
The freedom of movement, Erasmus, the possibility to find work in other countries – these are advantages that are only enjoyed by a small proportion of society.”
How Britain continues to develop will not be just to do with Brexit, but with who are the decision-makers are.
I could imagine a Britain after Brexit under a Labour government as something very different in which the poor
arenot the losers. but that’s a question of organisationand where the priorities lie.
The question will be whether Britain continues as the Tories under Theresa May would like it, becoming once outside the EU as a special tax oasis for companies, leading to yet more inequality and more poverty, or will advantage be taken of the freedom to really introduce a new, more social policy.
I think to think that’s what Corbyn and Labour will do if they win an election.”