Water cannons and tear gas went off: more than 100 people detained at Paris demonstration

Water cannons and tear gas went off: more than 100 people detained at Paris demonstration

At least 107 people were detained at a protest in Paris.

Police used water cannons and tear gas at Saturday’s demonstration against the draft law on global security.
Fifteen minutes after the convoy of demonstrators arrived at Republic Square around 5:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. Moscow time), hooligans began throwing bottles, firecrackers and stun grenades at law enforcement.

For the fourth Saturday in a row, a protest against Article 24 of the Global Security Bill is taking place in the French capital. Rallies are held all over the country and are often accompanied by riots.

The article of the future law prohibits citizens to film and distribute images of law enforcement officers while they are on duty. Violations carry a fine of 45,000 euros or a year in jail. The document was adopted by the French National Assembly (lower house of parliament) in its first reading on November 24.

The article is opposed by journalists’ unions and the opposition. They fear that after the introduction of this provision it will be impossible to freely record the work of law enforcers during demonstrations. The government has repeatedly given assurances that the bill will not prohibit journalists from filming.

The lower house of parliament has proposed a rewrite of Article 24 to allay all fears. The document is due to be submitted to the French upper house of parliament in January.