The police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse these demonstrators, among whom were many young people who destroyed street furniture, she said.
Around 9:30 p.m. the last demonstrators had left the vicinity of the National Assembly and calm had returned, the Prefecture of Police told AFP.
This procession of demonstrators comprising “yellow vests”, activists of left-wing organizations, high school students and students remained blocked by the police for about two hours on the Boulevard Saint-Germain where the tension rose with the law enforcement.
“It started to explode on Boulevard Saint-Germain with the start of a wild demonstration,” a protester, Philippe Bellet, 47, told AFP. “We were caught in a vice. There were starts of fire caught in a vice between flames and tear gas, they loaded in line and we managed to leave by raising our hands in the air ”.
Hundreds of people gathered in the middle of the afternoon at the call, in particular of journalists’ unions and human rights associations to protest against the proposed “global security” law which they believe would prevent journalists and citizens filming the police during the demonstrations.
The rally targets article 24 of this bill brought by LREM and its ally Agir, the examination of which began on Tuesday.
This controversial article provides for penalizing one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros for the dissemination of “the image of the face or any other element of identification” of a police officer or a gendarme in intervention, when this The purpose of this is to “undermine his physical or mental integrity”.
Journalists’ unions who called for this rally alongside the Human Rights League, Amnesty International and other organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, believe that it amounts to banning journalists and citizens from filming the police in action and would prevent, for example, documenting police violence.