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France: Clashes erupt and fires rage as Parisians protest security bill02:22

France: Clashes erupt and fires rage as Parisians protest security bill

France, Paris
November 28, 2020 at 16:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters were seen clashing with riot police and setting fires on the streets of Paris on Saturday, as protests against the so-called "global security" bill continued

The organisers include several journalists' unions, and marched from the Place de la Republique to the Place de la Bastille, despite a police ban on the grounds of anti-pandemic restrictions. Police allowed the protest to go ahead as a static rally, a move met with defiance by the demonstrators.

The "global security" bill, approved on Friday evening by the French National Assembly and makes it illegal to disseminate images in which police officers or gendarmes can be personally identified, and has been heavily criticised by activists and journalists, who state it would present a danger to press freedom. The bill is expected to go before the country's senate in January.

France: Clashes erupt and fires rage as Parisians protest security bill02:22
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Protesters were seen clashing with riot police and setting fires on the streets of Paris on Saturday, as protests against the so-called "global security" bill continued

The organisers include several journalists' unions, and marched from the Place de la Republique to the Place de la Bastille, despite a police ban on the grounds of anti-pandemic restrictions. Police allowed the protest to go ahead as a static rally, a move met with defiance by the demonstrators.

The "global security" bill, approved on Friday evening by the French National Assembly and makes it illegal to disseminate images in which police officers or gendarmes can be personally identified, and has been heavily criticised by activists and journalists, who state it would present a danger to press freedom. The bill is expected to go before the country's senate in January.

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