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France: Tear gas flies as protesters start fires at Paris rally against security bill02:16

France: Tear gas flies as protesters start fires at Paris rally against security bill

France, Paris
December 5, 2020 at 15:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who started fires in the street during latest round of protests in Paris on Saturday against the so-called 'Global Security' bill passed by the French National Assembly, despite the government's announcement that it would rewrite a much-criticised provision on Monday.

Police officers in full riot gear could be seen firing tear gas as protesters started fires and smashed shop windows, while also trying to erect barricades in the street.

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On Monday the government announced that they would rewrite Article 24 of the law; the provision that restricts the filming of police officers, following weeks of protests.

The law in its current form makes it illegal to disseminate images in which police officers can be personally identified, among other things.

The draft bill has been heavily criticised by activists and journalists who say it violates freedom of the press, as well as UN humans rights experts who have said the bill runs afoul of international law.

France: Tear gas flies as protesters start fires at Paris rally against security bill02:16
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Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who started fires in the street during latest round of protests in Paris on Saturday against the so-called 'Global Security' bill passed by the French National Assembly, despite the government's announcement that it would rewrite a much-criticised provision on Monday.

Police officers in full riot gear could be seen firing tear gas as protesters started fires and smashed shop windows, while also trying to erect barricades in the street.

.

On Monday the government announced that they would rewrite Article 24 of the law; the provision that restricts the filming of police officers, following weeks of protests.

The law in its current form makes it illegal to disseminate images in which police officers can be personally identified, among other things.

The draft bill has been heavily criticised by activists and journalists who say it violates freedom of the press, as well as UN humans rights experts who have said the bill runs afoul of international law.

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