Thousands of French people protested yesterday in Paris and other cities in the country against the proposal of the so-called global security law. The demonstrations had been called by journalists’ unions and human rights organizations against this norm, which envisages penalizing the “malicious” dissemination of images of police officers and gendarmes.
Article 24, adopted on Friday in first reading by the National Assembly, is the most controversial. The text provides for punishing with one year in prison and a 45,000 euro fine for the disclosure of photographs of agents “with the manifest purpose of attacking their physical or mental integrity.” The aim is to avoid using images of police officers recorded in demonstrations and protests in hate campaigns on social networks. Journalists and human rights organizations denounce that the law will limit the freedoms of the press, of expression and of informing and being informed.
“Our democracy has a black eye”, “Police without faces, press without images, minds in cages”, “No to the authoritarian drift of the Government”, “Blurred police, blind justice”, “Who protects us from the police state? » and “No recording, no justice,” read some of the banners that were read in the demonstration that took place in the Trocadero square in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
“The global security law is a law that reinforces police impunity. In the face of abuse, the only recourse we have to prove their guilt is to be able to record them. By preventing the protesters from doing them, the agents are given impunity, “denounced Elio, a Fine Arts student who was also protesting against the use of surveillance cameras by law enforcement agencies to control citizens. “We should feel protected by the Police and not threatened,” he denounced.
A “dangerous” rule
Diana, a historian, carried a banner in which Macron was seen covering the mouth of a citizen, inspired by the famous poster ‘Be young and shut up’ with which the young people of May ’68 protested against General Charles de Gaulle. Diana yesterday showed her support for the right of journalists to “record the agents and report what is happening” and described the global security law as “dangerous”. “There is police violence and if we cannot have the images it is problematic,” he warned.
The ‘yellow vests’ also participated in the Parisian demonstration, the social movement that put the president, Emmanuel Macron, in check two years ago with his protests against the rise in fuel and other social demands.
“The police have the right to record us, but we cannot record them, which means that they can break our faces and we have no right to say anything,” complained Stéphane, who assured that the movement of the ‘yellow vests’ has not dead. “We will continue protesting,” he assured.