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Thousands of demonstrators marched on Saturday alongside families and relatives of victims of police violence across France to protest against impunity and racism by the police.
Several groups, including the Network of Mutual Aid Truth and Justice, family groups killed, injured and maimed by violence and crimes committed by law enforcement and prison officers, Amnesty International and the Stop Global coordination collective Security Law, trade unions representing journalists, organized and participated in the rally.
Protesters gathered in big cities like Paris, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille, Renne, waving posters saying: “Stop impunity” and chanting “No justice, no peace” to mark the international week against violence and police racism. They demanded the immediate suspension of those involved in acts of violence or homicide, committed or having made racist remarks or acts.
They also demanded the repeal of the controversial bill on global security giving additional powers to the police and gendarmerie for mass surveillance and the bill consolidating respect for the principles of the Republic indiscriminately targeting the French population. -Muslim.
The Senate, the upper house of the French Parliament, unanimously adopted the bill on Thursday, with a new text for article 24 – previously criticized for having restricted the public circulation of images of police violence.
The bill provides a new framework for the use of drones for police surveillance and allows off-duty officers to carry weapons in public.
The security bill has been widely criticized nationally and internationally for limiting public freedom and violating privacy laws since it was passed by the National Assembly, the lower house, last November.
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