A new day of mobilization against the “global security” law was organized this Saturday in about fifty cities in France. 26,400 demonstrators marched according to the Ministry of the Interior, 60,000 according to the organizers.
This Saturday, December 12 was expected, like the previous two, as the day of rallies across France against the “Global Security” law. Against a backdrop of tensions between thugs hidden among the demonstrators and the police, the processions are under high surveillance, especially in Paris where a large police force has been put in place.
The # StopLoiS SécuritéGlobale coordination called for mobilization to denounce a worrying security drift. She points to the comprehensive security bill and its articles 21, 22 and 24 voted on last November 24 by deputies as well as the national law enforcement plan.
The Parisian procession thus set off around 3 p.m. from Place du Châtelet, heading for Place de la République. Gathered behind a huge banner proclaiming “stop freedom-killing laws, stop Islamophobia”, several hundred demonstrators – 10,000 according to the organizers – were present, under the watchful eye of very large numbers of CRS and mobile gendarmes.
Most of the rallies started early this Saturday afternoon. In Lyon, thousands of demonstrators marched, and tensions arose. The Rhône prefecture explained that “extremely violent individuals” attacked “the police”, degraded “street furniture” and attempted “to loot businesses”. At least five of them were arrested.
Around 7 p.m., the Minister of the Interior reported 142 arrests, 42 people were taken into police custody according to the prosecution. The police carried out searches and seized tools which, according to Gérald Darmanin, “have no place in a demonstration”. The police headquarters indicated that objects used as weapons were seized before the demonstration. These are hammers, adjustable wrenches or even screwdrivers. The police also had to intervene in the middle of the procession, and “arrested individuals to prevent the constitution of a black bloc”.
Thank you to the police and gendarmes mobilized today against the thugs, “Gérald Darmanin wrote on Twitter. This wave of arrests created tensions in the parade but no major incident was reported at the end of the afternoon .
Last weekend, some 52,350 people marched across France, including 5,000 in Paris, according to authorities.