Sunday, January 13, 2013

Possibly 800,000 demonstrate!

Update January 13 1:45 p.m. - Please note that the figures being given by various sources (organizers, bloggers, police, etc...) are wildly divergent. We do not yet know how many showed up. But it is usually the case that the police underestimate patriotic rallies. They are under orders. Perhaps later in the day we will know more. Readers at Le Figaro are saying there were many more than the police estimate of 340,000.

They came as they promised they would. The organizers say there were half a million, but a government spokesman says eight hundred thousand. They were still arriving by busloads around 2:00 p.m. Paris time.

See Le Salon Beige for more photos. I will have more later in the day.

It appears to have been a huge success.

Here are just a few photos. Everybody was energized. Enthusiasm and determination to defeat Taubira's law spread across the streets of Paris from the various starting points to the Champs-de-Mars.

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At January 13, 2013 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BBC is lying "tens of thousands" i.e. 90,000 or less without ever even saying 90,000 lest even that lie show too much support for traditional marriage.
/andy in canada

At January 13, 2013 6:50 PM, Anonymous dauphin said...

The digital counter in the Champ de Mars read 800 thousand. Video is being reviewed by the police to count people marching, and tomorrow they say they will have a more "exact" number. I saw the retransmission of the evening news on France 2. Surprising good coverage (how could they ignore it), and even Civitas was interviewed - they had a separate march. Vote-whore Copé was also marching with other UMP politicians, and Marion, Collard and Golnisch were there too. Marion was interviewed and spoke well, calling for a referendum. The Archbishop, while not marching, came out to show his support as did other clergy. I think a huge success is correct.

At January 13, 2013 7:58 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ dauphin,

Le Figaro says ONE MILLION!

Go to Le Salon Beige.

At January 13, 2013 9:13 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ dauphin,

Actually, a correction: Le Figaro says it was the biggest rally since the 1984 rally on nationalizing private education.

The organizers are saying one million. And readers all over are making fun of the police figure. Many readers say over a million.

The gendarmerie says more than a million!

One problem is that the media publish the earliest police figures. These figures change in the course of the day, but the media don't necessarily update them.

At January 14, 2013 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know that some people do not use words that have been introduced or changed meaning fo psychological effect. "gay" for example.And rather than 'traditional marriage', natural marriage.I pretty much like this.


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