New protests in France against Macron’s security bill

Protesters next to the flames of a barricade.
Reuters

The controversial law that seeks to limit France the dissemination of images of the forces of order received this Saturday a new great demonstration against him, who reported a curtailment of freedoms and finished with incidents.

The protest in Paris, the second in a week, left from the central Republic Square to Bastille, but the call had been extended to other cities in the country and brought together thousands of people.

The altercations took place in the capital upon his arrival in Bastille, with destruction of urban material by some hooded men and tear gas by the police to try to contain them.

The appeal was promoted by trade unions, press associations, human rights organizations and even by the “yellow vests”, in a joint note that warned that, if it goes ahead, France runs the risk of joining the list of countries. that violate the freedom of the press.

In the crosshairs of that bill, approved this week in first reading by the National Assembly before continuing its proceedings in the Senate in January, is Article 24, which sanctions up to one year in prison and 45,000 euros fine for disseminating images of the agents with the intention of damaging them.

It promotes a police impunity that is already quite present with a government that does not care about the means to achieve its objective of restoring order, “Dominic Leroy, an audiovisual technician and” yellow vest “who participated in the Parisian protest, told EFE.

Its members were mostly young, with posters such as “Save lives, film the policemen” or images of the latest violent action that has provoked public anger, that of the attack on a black music producer, Michel Zecler, in a control last Saturday for not wearing a mask.

“It is important that we fight for our freedoms. If the law is approved, it will be a step backwards. The focus should not be on the protection of the police,” says Iana, a 17-year-old student for whom this was her first demonstration.

The first Minister, Jean Castex, proposed this week that an independent commission be in charge of examining and rewriting the controversial article, but had to backtrack and leave it again exclusively in the hands of Parliament in the face of criticism from both houses.

The clamor against the forces of order also led this Friday to the president, Emmanuel Macron, will try to stop it with a broad message on social networks in which he admitted that the images of the police action against the producer are “unacceptable”.

At the same time, the head of state asked his Executive to send him “quickly proposals to reaffirm the bond of trust that should naturally exist between the French and those who protect them.”

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