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“For the right to information and against mass surveillance”: demonstrations in several towns in France against the “global security” law

They do not disarm. Opponents of the bill “Global security”, which notably restricts the dissemination of images of police officers, demonstrated again Saturday, January 16 in Paris and in several cities. Nearly 80 gatherings “For the right to information, against police violence, for the freedom to demonstrate and against mass surveillance” were planned in the country.

These “Freedom marches” take place at the call of the coordination of associations and unions mobilized against this text. It brings together associations such as the League of Human Rights and Amnesty International, as well as many unions and associations, including journalists and directors. Despite “An unprecedented mobilization [dès le mois de novembre] for the defense of freedoms, the government [nous] opposed an end of inadmissibility “, regret, in his call to demonstrate, the coordination.

“Teufeurs” in the processions for “the right to culture”

During the demonstration against the “global security” law in Paris, January 16, 2021.

In the capital, a procession of a few thousand people marched in the direction of the Place de la Bastille, behind a banner demanding the withdrawal of this text, chanting “Police everywhere justice nowhere!” “ and “State of emergency Police state, we will not be prevented from demonstrating!” “.

In several cities, “Chirps” had also decided to join movement “For the right to culture” and against the “Disproportionate repression” launched after the “Free-party” de Lieuron (Ille-et-Vilaine), which brought together 2,400 people on New Year’s Eve. They were numerous at the start of the demonstration in Nantes, waving banners affirming “We are all rave organizers” or denouncing “The murderous state: lives, cultures, freedoms”. In Lille or in Bordeaux, the parades also had an air of technoparade.

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In Paris, even before the departure of the procession, the Prefecture banned several tanks and trucks from participating in the demonstration, claiming that it was an “undeclared rave party”. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, congratulated the prefecture for having “Prevented the holding of a rave-party near the event”. Organizers were fined and had sound equipment confiscated, according to the Paris police headquarters.

According to the organizers, these floats, some of which played music, were indeed part of the demonstration: “We are prohibited from expressing ourselves and making speeches on our sponsored trucks. We asked the prefecture to provide us with the text of the law on which their refusal is based ”, write the Union of LGBTQ + Festive Collectives and the Union of Free and Committed Cultural Organizers (Socle).

Gatherings all over France

Gatherings also took place in Rennes, Nantes, Caen, Rouen, as well as in Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand or Dijon, in particular. The bill “Global security”, already voted in first reading in the National Assembly, must be examined in March in the Senate.

“The stakes are (…) major. They affect the very respect for the rule of law ” and control of the authorities “By citizens, Parliament, justice and the press”, recalls coordination, which adds that “Population surveillance measures must remain the exception”.

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The associations opposed to the text still demand the withdrawal of several provisions, starting with article 24, which penalizes the malicious dissemination of images of members of the police. The collective, which asks to be received by President Emmanuel Macron, also targets articles 21 and 22 on the use of pedestrian cameras and drones by the police, and of the “New national law enforcement plan” (SNMO), regularly invoked by the police to limit media coverage of the demonstrations.

Mobilization against the proposed law “Global security”, launched on November 17, gave rise to several days of demonstrations, often joined by “Yellow vests”. The largest, on November 28, brought together 500,000 people in the country, according to the coordination; 133,000, according to the government.

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The World with AFP

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