PROTESTERS CLASH WITH FRENCH POLICE OVER NEW SECURITY LAW


29/11/2020




Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Demonstrators clashed with police in Paris on 28th November as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against new security legislation, which would restrict the ability to film the police officers’ faces. The protests took place nationwide on Saturday with close to 46,000 people marching in Paris according to the government.

The protests also came right after a controversy intensified by the beating and racial abuse of a Black man by officers that shocked the entire France.

There were tensions in Paris as a newspaper kiosk, car and brasserie were set on fire close to Place de la Bastille, police said.

Some protesters threw stones at the security forces who responded by firing tear canisters at them.

The controversial new law which was passed by the National Assembly last week and which is awaiting the Senate’s approval stipulates that offenders could be sentenced to a maximum of one year in prison and may be fined 45,000 euros. The protesters are requesting that the article should be withdrawn and claim that it contradicts with the fundamental public freedoms of the Republic.


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