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France: Tear gas deployed in Lyon as thousands rally to decry 'global security' bill03:09

France: Tear gas deployed in Lyon as thousands rally to decry 'global security' bill

France, Lyon
November 25, 2020 at 01:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

A protest against the so-called 'global security' bill that brought together thousands in front of the Court of Assizes and Appeal of Lyon ended with the deployment of tear gas, on Tuesday.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 demonstrators were gathered according to the organisers, and 1,700 according to the prefecture. Protesters were chanting slogans and holding signs reading 'Everyone policed, except the police?' and 'No to dictatorship.'

"The match is not over. Now the bill has to go through the senate and we have seen that, despite everything, several MPs from the majority are hesitating to support the bill after seeing what happened on Monday in Paris during the migrant's rally. We are aware of the utility of the images filmed by journalists or citizens to show police violence," said Vincent Lanier, secretary general of the National Union of Journalists (SNJ).

Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, who were seen running amid clouds of smoke.

The 'Global Security' bill would make it illegal to disseminate images in which police officers or gendarmes can be personally identified, and has been widely criticised by activists and journalists, who state it would present a danger to press freedom.

The bill was approved by the French National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, on Tuesday and is expected to go before the country's senate in January.

Brussels warned France on Monday that it will examine the bill to ensure it complies with European Union law, and reminded the country that journalists must be able to "work freely and in full security."

France: Tear gas deployed in Lyon as thousands rally to decry 'global security' bill03:09
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A protest against the so-called 'global security' bill that brought together thousands in front of the Court of Assizes and Appeal of Lyon ended with the deployment of tear gas, on Tuesday.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 demonstrators were gathered according to the organisers, and 1,700 according to the prefecture. Protesters were chanting slogans and holding signs reading 'Everyone policed, except the police?' and 'No to dictatorship.'

"The match is not over. Now the bill has to go through the senate and we have seen that, despite everything, several MPs from the majority are hesitating to support the bill after seeing what happened on Monday in Paris during the migrant's rally. We are aware of the utility of the images filmed by journalists or citizens to show police violence," said Vincent Lanier, secretary general of the National Union of Journalists (SNJ).

Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, who were seen running amid clouds of smoke.

The 'Global Security' bill would make it illegal to disseminate images in which police officers or gendarmes can be personally identified, and has been widely criticised by activists and journalists, who state it would present a danger to press freedom.

The bill was approved by the French National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, on Tuesday and is expected to go before the country's senate in January.

Brussels warned France on Monday that it will examine the bill to ensure it complies with European Union law, and reminded the country that journalists must be able to "work freely and in full security."

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