To the Barricades … And to Church
I have a psychological aversion to annoying other people such that the thought of participating in a demonstration was never an option. Yet, the terrible state of the world that includes national lockdowns (France is currently in its second lockdown) has made me think it is time to get over my psychological hangups. Perhaps due to my psychological issues it had slipped my mind that I actually had previously demonstrated to support Ron Paul during his presidential campaign of 2007-8. I went to a demonstration at the European Parliament building in Strasbourg as part of the original spontaneous tea party in December 2007. I also was there for this Ron Paul Meetup video filmed at the Trocadero across the river from the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is historically the ultimate city of demonstrations (manifestations) and revolution. Yet I had not heard of any demonstrations against the government overreach during all of the first lockdown, nor the second. But when I became aware of small demonstrations around the country to reopen the churchs I felt compelled to participate. I found the following announcement searching the internet.
For me this was complicated by the fact I live in the Paris suburb of Meudon (nice, not like other notorious Paris suburbs). The lockdown meant that I was only allowed to travel 1 km from my residence for exercise or to shop for essentials. Violations carry a 135€ fine. It is required to complete a form (called an attestation) before leaving that indicates the reason for breaking house arrest. No choice allowed my attending the demonstration but I liked the sound of this one, “Convocation judiciaire ou administrative et pour se rendre dans un service public .” That is, I do believe I was giving public service.
My wife made the point to me that a change in policy was already a done deal. The government was going to open religious services the following weekend (President Macron is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday the 24th). But I still felt compelled to attend the demonstration because certainly the current
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