Boots on the ground. Asking questions. Searching out truth.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Coming to a city near you, America.
Oh my God. They have to work until 62. Oh, the horror! What do you think is going to happen when America's government can't pay police, fire, and teacher retirements that begin as early as 48 years old? That day is coming.
French truck drivers staged go-slow operations on highways, trains were cancelled and gas stations ran out of fuel yesterday as strikers dug in ahead of a key government vote this week on an unpopular pension overhaul.
Riot police used tear gas and rubber pellet guns in the Paris suburb of Nanterre to break up a crowd of youths who set fire to cars near an anti-reform protest by secondary school students. They intervened for similar reasons in the city of Lyon.
The interior ministry said police arrested 290 rioters in various towns.
Wider strikes will hit everything from air travel to mail today when unions opposed to President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62 from 60 have called for another street protest.