January 19 strike against pension reform: mobilization in Brest [Direct] – Brest
[12 h 30] The end of the procession arrived at the castle level. That was more than forty-five minutes of uninterrupted parade, further evidence of the huge crowds at Brest. Massive demonstration but in a very calm atmosphere.
[12 h 20] While from the castle, the tail of the procession still not visible, the Pirate student union, arriving in large numbers, paraded with the slogan: “There is money in the master’s coffers”.
[12 h 05]. Half an hour the head of the procession rushed. Peloton tail, it just vibrates. A sign of the entry of a massive rally. A police source estimated that there were “more than 10,000” protesters that day. On the spot, a journalist from Telegram with experience in such gatherings does not rule out that the 15,000 person bar will be reached, or even exceeded, on January 19, 2023. “The process does not stop growing. It is still pouring in from the adjacent streets,” said one of our reporters on the spot. The former had already passed through the castle, from this place, we haven’t discerned the end of the gathering.
[11 h 45] The head of the procession arrives at the castle, under the slogan of the CGT: “Not in the Élysée, not in Matignon, not in the saloon we will find satisfaction. It is in strike and action”.
[11 h 20] The head of the procession arrives at the Salaün-Penquer road, under the sub-prefecture, while the latter has not yet left the Place de la Liberté. Clemenceau Avenue was blocked to the Denver Street entrance.
[11 h] Departure of the demonstration, the current head of the procession is Clemenceau boulevard.
[10 h 50] The crowd, Place de la Liberté where m2 was lit up in half an hour. “It’s huge, reports a regular social movement for fifteen years. The place is full, jostling to the side, there must be 12,000,” the protesters assessed. By his side, other protesters were having fun: “There are too many of us! We don’t see each other there anymore.”
[10 h 48] The first smoke bombs appeared and the music started to stir up the audience. The crowds that continued to flow into the Place de la Liberté. The procession should move towards boulevard Clemenceau, before taking avenue Salaün-Penquer, then up onto rue du Château and rue Duquesne, before returning to the Place de la Liberté.
The route was kept secret until then.
[10 h 34] Crowds gathered in large numbers on the streets of Jean-Jaurès, de Siam and Georges-Clemenceau, under the drizzle.
[10 h 20] While the appointment was given at 10:30 a.m., the Place de la Liberté, in Brest, was gradually filling up. Shelter from the rain as demonstrators gather to denounce the pension reform.