Thousands of people have demonstrated this Saturday in the main cities of France to protest against the new Global Security Law being prepared by the Government. There have been protests in París, Marsella, Lille, Rennes o Montpellier.
On Friday, the bill was partially approved, which in its Article 24 includes sanctions for disseminating images of the security forces, which has been criticized by journalistic associations and civil society, which have been joined by the main parties and left unions to support the demonstrations (Communist Party of France, Workers’ Front, New Anti-capitalist Party). Next week the final approval of the measure will be voted on.
During the marches, banners with slogans such as “Orwell was right”, “Put down your weapons, we’ll put down our phones “, “A camera has never killed anyone” or “Global security, total impunity.”
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and the police unions have argued that the initiative seeks “protect those who protect”But the response began last Tuesday and since then several journalists have been detained.
Specifically, the norm provides penalties of up to one year in prison and 45,000 euros fine for the publication of images of agents of the security forces in order to harm the physical or mental well-being of the agents.
Equally controversial is the article that authorizes the security forces to carry your service weapon even when they are not on duty if they are in a public building, a change that responds to attacks such as the one at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015 in which 90 people died, including three policemen who were unable to intervene.