Paris police confront pro-Palestinian protesters in banned rally – fr

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Paris police confront pro-Palestinian protesters in banned rally – fr


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                La police parisienne a tiré samedi des gaz lacrymogènes et pointé des canons à eau sur des manifestants défiant l'interdiction de marcher contre les attaques israéliennes contre Gaza, dispersant les manifestants se rassemblant en groupes de plusieurs centaines.  La police parisienne a déclaré avoir procédé à 44 arrestations et qu'un policier avait été blessé lors de la rupture d'un rassemblement de manifestants.
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                                    <p>Entre 2500 et 3500 manifestants ont convergé vers le quartier de Barbès, très immigré, dans le nord de Paris, selon des chiffres du ministère de l'Intérieur, au milieu d'une présence de sécurité impliquant quelque 4200 agents.

Police blocked wide boulevards as well as narrow streets where some of the protesters were forced to withdraw. Some threw stones or attempted to set up roadblocks with construction barriers, but for the most part, police dispersed gatherings of protesters across the neighborhood while preventing any march towards Place de la Bastille as planned.

Police had banned the march and a court upheld the decision, fearing a repeat of the fierce clashes that erupted at a similar protest in Paris during the last Israeli-Palestinian war in 2014, when protesters targeted synagogues and other Israeli and Jewish targets.

“We all remember this extremely disturbing demonstration where terrible sentences like” the death of the Jews “were shouted,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo told AFP on Friday, welcoming the “wise” decision of the police. ‘prohibit walking.

“We don’t want scenes of violence. We do not want an imported conflict on French soil, ”said government spokesman Gabriel Attal.

But the protesters did happen anyway, waving Palestinian flags and trying to join disparate groups of protesters.

“We refuse to silence our solidarity with the Palestinians, and we will not be prevented from demonstrating,” said the organizers of the Paris march – the Association of Palestinians of Ile-de-France, of the greater Paris region. and other groups in a statement. declaration.

These are anti-fascist associations, the group of citizen activists Attac and the far-left anti-capitalist New party.

A lawyer for the groups, Sefen Guez Guez, denounced the police ban as “disproportionate” and “politically motivated”.

The police department warned on Twitter that anyone participating would face a fine of 135 euros ($ 165).

Repeating troubles?

The protest was originally called to mark the so-called Nakba, as Palestinians call the “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel in 1948, which turned hundreds of thousands of people into refugees.

But a Parisian court maintained that “the international and domestic context” justified fears of disturbances “which could be as serious or even worse than in 2014”.

The ban sparked a split between French politicians, President Emmanuel Macron’s center-right party and the right-wing opposition supporting the move, but leftists calling it an unacceptable attack on free speech.

Macron’s office said it spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, offering its “condolences to the victims of the rocket attacks claimed by Hamas and other terrorist groups.”

According to the statement, Macron called for a return to peace and “his concern for the civilian population of Gaza.”

France has the largest Muslim population in Europe, with around five to six million people.

It also has the largest Jewish population after Israel and the United States.

Large pro-Palestinian crowds demonstrated in Strasbourg to the east and Marseille on the Mediterranean coast.

Thousands of people also marched in the Spanish capital Madrid, where protesters chanted “This is not war, this is genocide!” In Spanish, some people holding up homemade signs that read “USA Terrorist State” and “Muslim Lives Matter”.

In Berlin, police broke up a pro-Palestinian protest of 3,500 people over breaching coronavirus distancing rules. Protesters responded by throwing stones, bottles and fireworks.

In London, demonstrators marched on the Israeli embassy after passing through Hyde Park chanting “Free Palestine”, in front of a large number of police officers.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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