[If you didn’t already know: I live in France and go to a French school.]
A "blocus" (a french word) is a manifestation where high school students (lycéens) block the entrance to their high school. These "blocus" are always in revolt of a change in the school system that they don’t want.
Today, there was a blocus.
Around quarter to 8 am, I arrived at school. Two cars in front of us wouldn’t move. I decided to get out of the car there and walk the rest of the way up to the school. I see a crowd, closed gates and remember seeing a group on Facebook about a blocus happening today. I hadn’t taken it seriously because you often hear "There’s going to be a blocus: no school!"
But this wasn’t a joke.
There were already a few policemen there, ready to restrain violent students. (It never got violent.)
Students, I learned later on, had come to the school at 4 am, pushed dumpsters in front of the gates and chained the gates together with padlocks to stop them from opening. They also tipped over a recycling dumpster (bin is too small) and lit the magazines and such that were inside on fire. I didn’t see the fire.
A mass of people were blocking the only gate they hadn’t chained: the gate leading to the teacher’s parking lot. They let the teachers in their cars go through, but refused any students who wanted to get to class. (Why would you want to go to class when you have a very valid excuse not to?)
They booed the students who wanted to get in. (This I disapprove of. It makes you feel ashamed and it’s just mean.)
They also had a speaker and played music. At one point, one of the students, either a junior or senior (première or terminal), stood on top of something and gave a speech. I couldn’t hear him that well — he didn’t have a megaphone or anything. However, it must have been good because the huge crowd of people listening cheered.
Once or twice we heard people chanting something.
At some point, we went to a café. When we came back, the crowd blocking the entrance had been reduced. Instead of going to class, we went home. (There’d have been no point. Hardly anybody was left and we’d already missed a few lessons.)
Oh, and they played Get Up Stand Up on their speaker.
I’ve got a few videos of all this, but they’re very bad quality: