The “yellow vest” or gilets jaunes movement in France started in response to a proposed fuel tax, now suspended, and has widened into a general protest over living costs, government tax reforms and calls for greater social and economic justice. Photo: AFP
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

Now in the grip of populist identity politics, we need more than economic solutions

  • From the ‘yellow vest’ protests in France to the anti-extradition demonstrations in Hong Kong, race and identity lie at the heart of the recent wave of populism. Such is the outcome when economic inequlaities aren’t tackled early enough

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The “yellow vest” or gilets jaunes movement in France started in response to a proposed fuel tax, now suspended, and has widened into a general protest over living costs, government tax reforms and calls for greater social and economic justice. Photo: AFP
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