Mass protests broke out in more than 70 cities in France: demonstrators burned cars, police dispatched water cannon trucks
[Global Network Report] Based on the BBC, Reuters and other foreign media reports, on the 28th local time, large-scale protests broke out in many cities across France to oppose the "Integral Security Act."
According to reports, this bill will prohibit people from filming police officers on duty, otherwise they will face one year in prison and a fine of tens of thousands of euros.
Opponents believe that the bill undermines the freedom of the press that records police violent enforcement actions.
According to the report, according to statistics from the French Ministry of the Interior, protests broke out in more than 70 cities across France on the 28th. A total of 133,000 people participated, of which about 46,000 were in Paris alone.
In addition to Paris, protests broke out in more than 70 cities including Marseille, Lille, Montpellier, Strasbourg, and Lyon. Among them, the Lyon Police Department counted about 7,500 demonstrators there.
The BBC said that during the protests that day, people threw stones and firecrackers at the police, cars and newsstands were also set on fire, and the police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. In the evening local time, the Paris police also dispatched water cannon trucks to respond.
According to reports, dozens of protesters were arrested that day and more than 20 policemen were injured.
According to legal media, Article 24 of the draft "Overall Security Law" stipulates that publishing pictures of police officers on duty to damage their "personal safety or mental state" is criminalized.
Violators will face 1 year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
Some opponents believe that the bill undermines the freedom of the press that records police violent enforcement actions.
However, the French government stated that the bill will not harm the media and ordinary citizens’ right to report police abuses, but is only aimed at protecting the police.
Currently, this bill has been passed in the National Assembly and is awaiting approval by the Senate.
However, due to the huge controversy, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that he has asked the independent committee to rewrite the relevant draft.