Police fire tear gas at Paris protest against police violence

Police fire tear gas at Paris protest against police violence

French riot police officers take cover
French riot police officers take cover during a protest in Paris on Nov 28, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Alain Jocard)

PARIS: Security forces fired tear gas at a protest march against police violence in Paris on Saturday (Nov 28) after masked protesters launched fireworks at their lines, put up barricades and threw stones.

Thousands of people across France marched in protest and demanded a free press after film of police beating a Black music producer fanned anger about a draft law that is seen as curbing the right of journalists to report on police brutality.

In Paris, protesters set street furniture on fire and clashed with police as they tried to block access to certain streets.

Protests over proposed curbs on identifying police, in Paris
Protests over proposed curbs on identifying police, in Paris. (Photo: Reuters)
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In Lille, Rennes, Strasbourg and other cities thousands more protested against the draft Bill that makes it a crime to circulate images of police officers in certain circumstances, which opponents say limits press freedom.

Many carried placards with slogans like "Who will protect us from the police", "Stop police violence" and "Democracy bludgeoned".

The journalists' organisations and civil liberty groups who organised the marches were joined by extreme-left militants, environmental activists and yellow vest protesters, who have been protesting against government policies for two years.

Several so-called "black block" groups, who fought with police and smashed shop windows during the yellow vest protests, also took part.

Source: Reuters/zl

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