Along With France, Avaaz Celebrates The French Election
Avaaz creates online global movements which are created to make the world we live in closer to the world that people want to have. Avaaz, which means “voice”‘ in a number of different languages, had a hand in the recent French election results. Activists celebrated the results on May 8 which is also an important date from World War 2 which was when, in 1945, the Allied forces achieved victory. The activists met at the Eiffel Tower and celebrated along with Elie Buzyn, an 88-year-old man who as a Jewish person was put into the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazi’s.
At the event, Elie Buzyn recalled his life during World War 2. He was 15 when he and his family were sent to Auschwitz. His parents died soon after entering the camp and he had to perform stone masonry work. Before Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, Buzyn had been forced to march to another concentration camp, Buchenwald. He was finally freed three months later and after living in Israel for a few years he moved to France and became a doctor. Throughout his life, he has fought against tyranny and fascism.
The French election pitted an extreme right candidate, Marine Le Pen, who was one of the final two contestants for President of France. Her opponent was a moderate named Emmanuel Macron. There was a very real fear the Le Pen would win the presidency and ratchet up hatred of Jewish people and other minorities. Fortunately, Macron won with a commanding 66% of the vote.
Avaaz is based in the city of New York. It was established in the mid-2000’s and organizes activist campaigns around the globe. The types of issues the organization tackles includes climate change, poverty, human and animal rights, and armed conflicts. It uses online activism as well as supporting in-person protests.
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