Yellow Vest protesters declare standing for ‘child abuse’ in poorly worded flyer
Yellow Vest protesters have reportedly been handing out leaflets today claiming to be in favour of ‘child abuse, deaths in custody and veterans suicide.’
The fliers were given out by people demonstrating near Downing Street, the Daily Mail reports, but the wording may not have been what they intended.
The leaflet, titled ‘UK YELLOW VESTS AND WHAT WE STAND FOR’ begins with calls for ‘justice for our boys and Brexit’.
Then it takes a dark turn listing ‘child abuse and veterans suicide’ among other things ‘yellow vests stand for’.
It also lists ‘deaths in custody, pentioners (sic) living in poverty, rape and murder of our children, fake news and corrupt government.’
It then signs off with "And many more, everyone has their own story of injustice… What’s yours?????"
An image of the leaflet was shared on Twitter by a BBC reporter, prompting several mocking comments.
Matt Cox described it as "a Monty Python sketch in action" and Hereodous Penguin wrote: "Doesn’t look like they’re standing for education either."
Kerry JK made reference to their attire, writing: "What about being safely visible to traffic while carrying out roadside maintenance?"
And Simon Wilkey wrote: "I’m sorry I’m really f***ing confused now. Are we dealing with a level of stupid that requires the plot line of the hungry caterpillar explaining to?"
Many were part of the "Britain is Broken" demonstration, organised by The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, centred around calls for a general election.
There were two groups of yellow vest wearing protests in London today, one by the right and the others by the left.
Crowds wearing yellow vests marched from outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House on Saturday to a rally in Trafalgar Square, where they were addressed by politicians, political activists and trade unionists.
The marches carried anti austerity placards and called for Prime Minister Theresa May to go.
At the same time another group of protesters – believed to be pro-Brexit and right-wing – stood outside Parliament, also in yellow vests.
They waved the union jack, burned EU flags and denounced "left-wing scum".
"We’re not far right, we’re just right," they chanted.
The Yellow Vest movement originated in France where street protests are ongoing against President Emmanuel Macron.
However, in other countries the vests have been appropriated by people at opposite ends of the political spectrum, leading to confusion about what they really represent.
Tony Griffiths from the People’s Assembly, said that because the movement had "burst out of the streets", it meant different things to different people.
Keen to be distanced from the pro-Brexit protesters, he told The BBC: "We are absolutely not allowing the far right to take over the yellow vest movement in this country.
"They’ve been forced out the yellow vest movement in France and they’ll be forced out the yellow vest movement in this country."
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