Yellow vests: France to crack down on unsanctioned protests

French Prime Minister has announced plans to punish people who hold unsanctioned protests after seven weeks of anti-government unrest. His government wants to draft new legislation that will ban troublemakers from protests and clamp down on the wearing of masks at demonstrations. He said 80,000 members of the security forces would be deployed for the next expected wave of protests. Source: BBC

Yellow vest call to withdraw money from banks: Is it dangerous?

“We will return to the polls but through the distributor,” announced Facebook on January 7 Maxime Nicolle, aka “Fly Rider”, one of the most media figures of yellow vests. This call is not trivial and begins to spread on social networks. The operation is called the “tax collectors’ referendum” and consists of going simultaneously to the ATMs to get the most out of their wealth. “Many people will withdraw their money from banks. Source: Capital

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle

Xi’s speech was made at a meeting of top officials from the Central Military Commission (CMC), which he heads, and broadcast later on national television.

“All military units must correctly understand major national security and development trends, and strengthen their sense of unexpected hardship, crisis and battle,” he said.

China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States over issues ranging from trade to the status of Taiwan. Source South China Morning Post