“Do You Hear the People Sing?” or “À la volonté du peuple” (At the people’s will) in the original French version, is one of the principal and most recognizable songs from the musical Les Misérables, based on the novel by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. A stirring anthem, it is sung twice in the stage musical.
Aside from the Cantonese and Taiwanese Hokkien adaptations for Occupy Central with Love and Peace, The Telegraph said that the song “has long chimed with people protesting around the world”, adding that it was heard at the 2011 Wisconsin protests, the 2013 protests in Turkey, and a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Australia in 2013. It has also been used by anti-TTIP protesters who have interrupted TTIP congresses as flash-mobs singing the song. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Luxembourg, 8 October 2016: At Place Clairefontaine in the city centre, 5000 protesters against TTIP and CETA sang this song, wich became a symbol of the citizen revolt against the transatlantic treaties.
- Lyrics in English and French (PDF 77 KB)
- Download partition from European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)
- Wikipedia: Do You Hear the People Sing? (EN)