Cops within the French capital have held a protest rally to denounce President Emmanuel Macron after he referred to as for sweeping police reforms, together with his occasion transferring to rewrite a hot-button safety invoice defending officers’ identities.
The officers have been seen demonstrating within the streets of Paris on Monday evening in footage captured by RT’s video company, Ruptly, some protesting in uniforms and from emergency autos, their flashing blue lights illuminating the town’s iconic Place de l’Etoile.
“I communicate on behalf of the colleagues who’re behind me, who are suffering on daily basis exterior, who’re molested, burned, abused, harassed,” one officer advised Ruptly, demanding that police obtain “assist” from the federal government.
We should know that it additionally impacts our households, his spouse, his kids, mother and father additionally, who additionally endure as a result of their police kids are completely abused and harassed. It impacts lots of people and we’d like this assist. With out that, we cannot transfer ahead.
Different native reporters have been additionally current on the protest website, filming demonstrators as they chanted slogans amid a slight downpour.
Un nouveau rassemblement non déclaré des policiers est en cours à Paris devant l’Arc de Triomphe.Ils protestent après les propos d’Emmanuel Macron sur les contrôles au faciès et les violences policières durant notre interview sur @brutofficiel. pic.twitter.com/EeMPx6PgH0
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) December 14, 2020
PARIS – Manifestation non déclarée de policiers sur la Place de l’Étoile. Ils protestent contre les propos du président lors d’une interview à @brutofficiel et demandent de meilleures situations de travail. pic.twitter.com/86kyBWpH0v
— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) December 14, 2020
The protest comes as Macron more and more takes goal at French policing, vowing to “personally intervene” within the matter earlier this month after a pair of controversial video clips emerged displaying officers beating up suspects. In a letter to a nationwide police union final week, the president vowed a collection of reforms in seven areas, together with police coaching, supervision, sources, video footage of interventions, inspections, and relations with the broader inhabitants.
Macron’s occasion, La Republique En Marche, has additionally drawn the ire of regulation enforcement after it pledged to partially rewrite a controversial safety invoice, one provision of which bars residents from filming on-duty officers and posting the pictures on-line with “intent to hurt.” Critics of the invoice, which was not too long ago adopted by the decrease home of parliament, have staged their very own protests over the measure for 3 consecutive weeks, some arguing it may criminalize journalists looking for to doc police brutality.
Monday evening’s police protest is just not the primary of its type within the French capital in latest days, with officers staging one other demonstration final Friday. Based on a neighborhood journalist, the earlier protest got here after Macron gave an prolonged interview to French video platform Brut, the place he mentioned non-whites are “extra prone to get checked by the police,” amongst different criticisms of regulation enforcement through the two-hour-plus sit-down.
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