Eric Cantona has taken it upon himself to promote a revolution against the banking oligarchy calling for everyone to take their money out of the banks.
In an October interview with Nantes newspaper Presse Ocean, as France endured a series of nationwide strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to raise the pension age, Cantona questioned the effectiveness of street protests.
He said: “I don’t think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us. Unless you live in a pod. But then there is a chance… there is something to do. Nowadays what does it mean to be on the streets? To demonstrate? You swindle yourself. Anyway, that’s not the way any more.
“We don’t pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution. The revolution is really easy to do these days. What’s the system? The system is built on the power of the banks. So it must be destroyed through the banks.
“This means that the three million people with their placards on the streets, they go to the bank and they withdraw their money and the banks collapse. Three million, 10 million people, and the banks collapse and there is no real threat. A real revolution.
“We must go to the bank. In this case there would be a real revolution. It’s not complicated; instead of going on the streets and driving kilometres by car you simply go to the bank in your country and withdraw your money, and if there are a lot of people withdrawing their money the system collapses. No weapons, no blood, or anything like that.”
He concludes: “It’s not complicated and in this case they will listen to us in a different way. Trade unions? Sometimes we should propose ideas to them.”
Cantona’s ‘revolution’ of sorts – whether he intended it as one or not – has gone viral.
A campaign, bankrun2010.com, has been launched by Géraldine Feuillien, a Belgian screenwriter, and Yann Sarfati, a French actor, in an effort to coordinate the action and make it global.
Blaming the banking sector for pretty much all of the world’s ills, including war, famine and pollution, they are urging supporters to withdraw their money from their bank accounts on December 7.