France’s 2017 election results were met with mixed reactions. Despite the heavy rains that graced the clouds during that day, people came out in large numbers to celebrate. The demonstrators were led by Avaaz activists and were accompanied by a survivor of the war. French nationals were also celebrating an important anniversary as the results were being announced. On May 8, 1945, France’s Allied forces were victorious in the World War II.
In the past, as German forces ruled France, Nazi authorities took over the country and killed those who failed to comply with their rules. Buzyn is one of the people who opposed the Nazi authorities and was detained in Auschwitz. Buzyn and other prisoners were moved to a Germany-based prison after the Soviet troops arrived in France. He was later released after the World War II ended.
In the 2017 France elections, Buzyn and Avaaz activists supported Emmanuel Macron. They were worried that Marine Le Pen, an extremist presidential candidate, would win. Fortunately, Emmanuel Macron, who is a staunch detractor of extremism, won. During the celebration of Macron’s win, Avaaz activists displayed symbols of their intolerance to racism.
Avaaz is one of the prominent activist groups in the world. The organization has its main office in New York City but maintains an international presence in over 200 countries. With a membership base of over 40 million people, Avaaz focuses on animal rights, armed conflicts, climate change, and economic issues. The organization comprises of professionals who can speak 15 different languages.
Renowned media outlets like The Guardian and 1843 Magazine have featured Avaaz in their publications. Avaaz also gained critical acclaim for its advocacy for Internet censorship and corporate mergers. The organization utilizes media outlets and social media to create awareness about activism issues. Anyone can make financial contributions to the organization or become a member by filling out a brief online form.