In Paris, a static demonstration took place on the Place de la République from 2 p.m., at the call of the National Union of Journalists-CGT (SNJ-CGT) in particular. Around 4 pm, the first demonstrators began to leave the place while the police silenced several sound systems brought by “chirps”. Shortly before 5 p.m., projectile jets were reported on rue du Faubourg-du-Temple.
“We are on a maintenance of the mobilization until March when the text is passed before the Senate,” assured Vincent Lanier, secretary general of the National Union of Journalists (SNJ). “I have two motivations for coming today: the PPL global security law and also supporting culture,” explained one of the demonstrators, Kim, a 24-year-old trainee civil servant. “Lots of shops are open, the metro is swarming, and, on the contrary, cultural places are closed when we could apply barrier gestures. “
In the viewfinder of the demonstrators, the text on “Global security” presented this fall, and in particular its article 24 which penalizes the malicious dissemination of images of members of the police.
A measure defended by the government for which it aims to protect police officers who are victims of calls to hatred and murder on social networks, but which would prevent, according to its detractors from filming the police in intervention and documenting the violence policewomen.
The demonstration on the Place de la République had brought together demonstrators united against the proposed law “Global security”. A commissioner, filmed beating a seated person with a truncheon, is the subject of an administrative investigation.
“The prefect of police opened an administrative investigation” against a police commissioner “in order to have an explanation of the circumstances” of this event, learned the HuffPost from a police source, confirming information from LCI and from AFP. This same source confirms that “the police officer will be heard by his hierarchy and the ethics unit of his direction”.
The IGPN, the police force, however, has not been seized at this stage. “We’ll see what happens, if there is a complaint, if the person has been injured or if there has been any beatings before,” the police source adds to HuffPost. You can’t do the investigation until you have all the facts. ”
Across France, protests brought together 32,770 people, according to figures given by the Interior Ministry in the evening. At 7 p.m., 26 police custody were in progress, taken on the sidelines of the demonstration, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Other gatherings took place across the country, notably in Lyon, Nantes, Strasbourg, Toulon, Nice, but also Dijon, La Rochelle, Quimper, Abbeville, Tarbes or Le Havre. In Montpellier, some 3,000 people, according to the prefecture, demonstrated in an atmosphere of techno parade, to the sound of electro music, and under a fine rain.
The collective “# StopLoiS SécuritéGlobale”, launched by journalists’ unions and the Human Rights League, also targets articles 21 and 22 on the use of pedestrian cameras and drones by the police. He is also opposed to the “new national plan for maintaining order” (SNMO), regularly invoked by the police to limit media coverage of the demonstrations.