Thursday, March 19, 2009

Demonstration


I may be miles alway [I'm currently in Uluru/Ayers Rock and hopefully still alive, providing the many venomous reptiles of the region left me alone!] I know that today there is a big demonstration in Paris. As you guessed, I did not take this photo there, but during a previous one. It does not really matter as the demands are pretty much the same as last time: more money! If you cannot read French, this poster says: Liberty, Equality, fraternity: my ass!

27 comments:

  1. Love this -- nice capture, Eric. Watch out for snakes, and have a wonderful time!

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  2. Bonjour Eric,

    Glad to hear you made it to the Red Centre, fingers crossed for your next stop! It was a pleasure to meet you and the other Sydney PDP gathering attendees.

    Not another demonstration!! That's something I do not miss :)

    All the best!

    S

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  3. Eric -- hope you're going to be sharing some of your vacation pix with us, btw.

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  4. Hello!!!!

    Im back here!!! good in-fraganti picture.... LOL... sounds cool... cul.. jajajajajajaja in spanish culo...

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  5. Hahahaha!!! I love it!!! Now THAT takes me way back!! You know, this maybe one of your best shots this year. I really like how the sign stands out and the rest of the shot is a little blurry. The sign under the arm, too, adds a lot.

    Well done!

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  6. hmmm.....i guess it doesn't matter where you are - things are tuff. although i must say, it sounds so much better in french ;-)

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  7. Great photo ! Hope you enjoy the beauty and peaceful landscapes of Kata Tjuta NP, Uluru and Mount Olga. You are definitly better there than in the public transport in Paris today ! Loic http://brohardphotography.blogspot.com

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  8. Great capture, Eric.

    That's one thing I don't envy you Eric, the creepy crawlies of Australia. Goodness I'd be scared to death. Do be careful x

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  9. Isn't that was most demonstrations is about in one way or another? Money, money, money. I hope that I can learn to be content.

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  10. Yeah, life's just not fair! Even in the ass stakes some are more equal than others.

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  11. Ah the French strikes... :) That's a "funny" poster. The blurry effect is great. I think that's one of my favorite demostration picture.

    I had breakfast with 2 American friends yesterday and they were amazed by the fact that French are always on strike. They also said that it was great to see people interested in what happened in their country. I guess they're right.
    Today's strike is particular, everybody is there: civil servants, students, teachers from primary school to university, nurses, etc. A decree dealing with University reforms is about being adopted and the strike lasts for 4 weeks now...I'm can't say about the issue of this story. Let's be optimistic!

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  12. Hey Eric you are in my home country - I'm a Sydney girl. Ok I haven't actually been to Uluru but hey.

    It's a stunning spring day here in Paris even with the strikes. Wouldn't be France without them really would it?

    Please have some vegemite toast and good latte for me please!

    (Hope the jetlag isn't too bad!)

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  13. I love Vegemite on toast but like SarahInParis, I was raised on it. Eric, if you're fearless enough to eat Vegemite, snakes and spiders will be helpless before you. It's our secret weapon. If in doubt, throw a jar of it at them instead and run as fast as you can.

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  15. Eric, albeit late I am writing to congratulate you on your 4 year anniversary and thank you for opening up for me the world of blogging. Thanks to you I started blogging and I find a lot of satisfaction in this new hobby...

    Wishing you all the very best in all your projects and also wishing you happy spring...we are celebrating it currently in Azerbaijan...

    Ayten

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  16. I think the distinction between a demonstration and a strike is important. A strike is a union,typically, demanding higher wages, better health insurance, etc. A demonstration is not just people working in one group demanding things through their jobs: more help for the homeless, better health care for the poor. I don't know which this photo represents, but my goal here is to blunt the cynicism often expressed. If you or your co-workers were treated unfairly, you'd be angry. If you care about the homeless, you'll get upset about it.

    And sometimes, it is wrong to accept, to be satisfied with less than what is morally, ethically right. Too many people just say, "oh, you should be glad for what you have." That is true, but I believe we have a right to demand liberty and equality when it's lacking.

    And so, I love how the French demonstrate often. We are far too passive here in the U.S. One reason why we are so easily manipulated by demagogues.

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  17. I have seen lots of strikes in the Sevres Babylone area.
    If you want to see some hunks, look at the riot police just standing around. They look like padded Michelin men, but padded in all the right places.Oh, baby!

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  18. Eric, I hope you are wearing some good sturdy boots to protect you from the snakes and spiders. This photo is great. Thanks for introducing us to a new French expression.

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  19. Now there's the spin I wanted to hear - thanks for that phx-cdg!

    I like the isolated sharpness and color in this shot as well.

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  20. Jeff -- I'm with you. Last demonstration I went to was the Million Mom March in DC, and that was almost 10 years ago. I'm surprised we were so passive during the entire Bush years.

    Phx -- They must hire them partly for their looks. The riot police in Rome were the same -- tough and hunky.

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  21. Is true that in Paris there is a wall with a 400 forms (languages) to said I LOVE YOU??? they said is at Square Jehan Rictus, besides the "Des Abbesses" square.

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  22. PHX and Alexa: But of course the riot police must be fit enough (and in sufficient numbers) to take on the most formidable of trouble makers. But I prefer my gendarmes less masculine. Well, four out of five, anyway.

    Laury: Eric has a photo of the wall here. Yes, the wall is in Montmartre, and by the way, you can find thatTe amo is here too. Here? Hmm.

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  23. A Avignon, le slogan du jour était "Ils ont les Rolex, nous les Solex"!
    Pas mal non plus, hein ?

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