PARIS: A Paris court on Saturday banned protests against police violence in the capital as tensions continue to rise following riots earlier this month following the police killing of a teenager.
Authorities tried to curb the demonstrations to avoid further chaos after a week of riots that caused extensive damage to public and private property.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Wednesday announced a ban on any protests directly related to the riots. Shooting 17-year-old Nahel at a traffic stop.
A video of a police officer shooting a teenager at point-blank range has gone viral, fueling the country’s old tensions over police brutality and racism. An administrative court in Paris upheld the ban on Saturday after a last-ditch effort by protest organizers to appeal the decision.
The judges ruled that banning the protest was the only option, given the “recent nature of the serious rioting”, the unavailability of police and the potential for unrest.
Lucy Simon, a lawyer for the protest organizers – a coalition against police violence and other associations – accused the authorities of “obstructing all channels of democratic expression of perfectly legitimate demands”.
About two thousand people last Saturday A similar prohibition was violated to attend a memorial rally in central Paris for a young black man who died in police custody in 2016, as protests against police brutality take place around France.
Published on July 16, 2023 in Dawn