May 16, 2018

‘Fifty years is a long time in politics’: remembering the passion and protest of May 1968

May 1968 wasn't just about France. A serial Australian protester remembers their version of events from Australia and the world.

Meredith Burgmann

Writer and former Labor MLC

(L) the writer wearing a National Liberation Front badge, (R) Sydney anti-conscription protest 1968.

Fifty years ago this month, French students marched out of the prestigious Sorbonne University to be joined on the streets by striking workers. The Paris Spring had begun.

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3 thoughts on “‘Fifty years is a long time in politics’: remembering the passion and protest of May 1968

  1. krissd6

    Good article although I note that you can’t resist a dig at LR for her past so in the same spirit here is my addendum. Excellent article by a participant in the radical events of the sixties and seventies who went on to provide cover for a range of evil bastards headed by Eddie Obeid.

  2. AR

    I enjoyed the RN prog on Paris 68 topped & tailed by the writer but was pulled up by her dismissal of Cohn-Bendit MEP today as “..a fat little man in an anorak”.
    Everyone grows older but some people also grow up.

  3. gjb

    Idealists of the 60’s, became the greedy opportunists of the 80’s and now like to sentimentalise publically about their greatness in days of yore.
    Boring stuff.

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