France’s Yellow Vest Protestors Took To The Streets For May Day (HBO)

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for May Day, in solidarity with millions around the world who marched for worker’s rights. While the French protest every year, these protests were remarkably violent as police fired tear gas at crowds in attempts to control factions bent on rioting, detaining more than 250 protestors by the end of the day.

This was the first May Day rally for members of France’s “Yellow Vest” movement, which began protesting 24 weeks ago against what they see as President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business policies favoring the elite.

The group has proven to be one of the biggest challenges to Macron’s presidency and has already forced the President to make concessions related to taxation, pension reform and the closures of schools and hospitals. By turning up today, the Yellow Vests aligned themselves with a centuries-old movement that’s traditionally seen as pro-union and pro-left.

“Today is May Day. It has nothing to do with a Yellow Vest action. It’s a workers’ celebration,” Jérôme Rodrigues, an unofficial leader of the Yellow Vest’s told VICE News. “Within the Yellow Vest march, you have workers who have gathered here to reinforce their demands, and show that they are workers too.”

Rodrigues joined the Yellow Vests in it’s earlier stages, and in a January rally, lost an eye after being hit with what he believes to be a police-fired projectile. Videos capturing the moment propelled him to the forefront of the movement.

“The problem is that we have a president in France right now who not only doesn’t listen to us, but also mutilates us,” Rodrigues told VICE News. “So why wage a revolution? Because the climate of violence was brought on by the government.”

Turning out today was important for Rodrigues and the Yellow Vests because they’ve been losing momentum as of late. He hopes that the Yellow Vests’ presence at the May Day pro-labour rally will help bolster support for their cause in the future.

“All this diversity— That’s how we win. OK?” Rodrigues told VICE News. “Today, we see that we ignored that [in the past], and that we have recovered something fundamental in France. It’s called fraternity.”

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Place de la Concorde in Paris completely closed off for May Day

The Concorde and Champs-Elysées district is completely sealed off by the police as more than 7,400 police officers and gendarmes are deployed to secure the May Day demonstrations in Paris, where “1,000 to 2,000 radical activists” are expected according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. IMAGES of Place de la Concorde closed off by police

Kids Sue the Feds & Budget Bill: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the May 1, 2017, Full Episode of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News Tonight went to the Arctic Circle for a behind the scenes look at the latest and most ambitious Slow TV project yet, a 7-day reindeer migration. We also report from Venezuela on the May Day protests that turned violent there.

Then, Evan McMorris Santoro reports on the budget bill. Democrats and Republicans cut a deal, a deal that was not good for the president.

21 kids and teenagers from across the country filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government and the fossil fuel industry. We follow them to D.C. to the People’s Climate March.

Finally, when Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019, its banks will lose their automatic right to trade in the rest of the continent, creating a major business opportunity for other European cities.

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Protesters attack police with Molotov cocktails in Paris

Clashes have erupted in central Paris between police and demonstrators during May Day protests in the French capital. At least four police officers have been injured in the clashes, AFP reported. At least one officer suffered serious burns.

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The New Gezi Park Protesters: Istanbul’s Gentrification Wars

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This weekend’s presidential election in Turkey is as good as decided. The mass protests surrounding Gezi Park, the corruption scandals, the Soma mining accident — none of these incidents will stop the majority of Turks from electing Recep Tayyip Erdogan as president. Among other things, this means that ambitious development projects will likely multiply — and with them, the controversies Erdogan’s AKP party aggressive policies routinely provoke.
 
The Gezi uprising that rocked Turkey in June 2013 was sparked by a government project to transform the park in central Istanbul into a gigantic mall. And while a relentless police crackdown has led many of last year’s protesters to abandon hope, the problems at the heart of Erdogan’s vision for Turkey’s urban development have not gone away. Those directly affected by the aggressive development of their neighborhoods are often left with only one of two options: to despair, or to fight.
 
One group that has decided to take the fight to the government is the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front, or DKHP/C. This extreme-left party, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, is entrenched in many of the disenfranchised neighborhoods that have become targets for ruthless urban development. To stave off the forced relocation of inhabitants, the DKHP/C militants are prepared to combat not only the police, but also violent drug gangs that terrorize their neighborhoods, which they believe are collaborating with the state.
 
VICE News travelled to Istanbul to meet the DKHP/C on its home turf, document its fierce clashes with the police on May Day, and understand what motivates these violent, self-proclaimed champions of the poor.

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