In 1936, British citizens defeated fascism in the famous Battle of Cable Street. Almost a century later, far-right fascist forces are back. Cable Street explores the current global rise of the far-right and fascism: what is driving this phenomenon, where is it leading, and how can progressives and the left respond?

#25 – What do the Yellow Vests Want? w/ Katy Lee

December 18, 2018

Katy Lee from Agence France-Presse joins me to discuss the yellow vest movement. She's a reporter living in Paris who has first-hand experience covering these protests.

The movement began as a response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s increase in the gas tax. But is has grown far beyond that. Rather than a protest against climate change, Katy explains the yellow vests are fundamentally a response to growing inequality and austerity that have disproportionately targeted the poor and middle class. It’s not a revolt against government, rather a revolt against government inaction.

We talk about how the yellow vests started, their demands, breaking down misconceptions and examine how France’s political actors are responding.

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.