Thousands of people have demonstrated this Saturday in the main cities of France to protest against the new Global Security Law prepared by the Government. There have been protests in París, Marsella, Lille, Rennes o Montpellier.
On Friday the bill was partially approved, which in its Article 24 includes sanctions for disseminating images of security forces, which has been criticized by journalistic associations and civil society, which have been joined by the main left parties and unions to support the demonstrations (Communist Party of France, Workers’ Front, New Anti-Capitalist Party). Next week the final approval of the measure will be voted on.
During the marches, banners with slogans such as “Orwell was right”, “Put down your guns, we’ll put down our phones”, “A camera has never killed anyone” or “Global security, total impunity” have been displayed.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and the police unions have argued that the initiative seeks to “protect those they protect,” but the protest began last Tuesday and several journalists have since been detained.
Specifically, the rule provides penalties of up to one year in prison and a 45,000 euro fine for publishing images of security forces agents in order to harm the physical or mental well-being of the agents.
Equally controversial is the article that authorizes the security forces to carry their regulation weapon even when they are not on duty if they are in a public building, a change that responds to attacks such as the one at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015 in which killed 90 people, including three policemen who could not intervene.