Pro-Palestine demonstrations, in a context of conflagration in the Middle East, are taking place on May 15 in several cities in France. In Paris, the demonstration banned by the prefecture was maintained by its organizers.
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“Israel assassin, Israel assassin”, we hear chanting in the procession of Montpellier, as evidenced by videos posted on social networks.
Big demonstration in support of Palestine in Montpellier today 🔥
Several hundred people marched shouting “Israel assassin” ✊ pic.twitter.com/InSxh20nuu
– Lucas (@ Lucasdrn34) May 15, 2021
“Never heard of appeals for calm on colonial violence”, one can read on a sign held up by a demonstrator on the spot.
“400 people are marching through the city center of Metz in support of the Palestinian people,” France Bleu Lorraine Nord reported late in the morning.
The first images of the Toulouse demonstration were shared on social networks at the end of the morning.
“Against colonialism, racism and apartheid,” read a banner calling for a boycott of Israel, held by demonstrators on the spot.
Pro-Palestine demonstrations related to the situation in Gaza are taking place on May 15 in several cities in France. In Paris, despite the ban on the demonstration by the police chief confirmed by justice, the organizers of the event maintained their call to demonstrate in the Barbes district.
“Because we refuse to silence our solidarity with the Palestinians, and we will not be prevented from demonstrating, we will be present [au métro] Barbes [le 15 mai] at 3 pm ”, thus affirmed the Association of Palestinians in Ile-de-France, in a press release also signed by Attac, the Paris-Banlieue anti-fascist action, the New anti-capitalist party or even by the Party of the natives of the Republic. The organizers plan to demonstrate “peacefully” as far as Bastille, one of the organizers Walid Atallah told AFP.
“Because of the serious risks of disturbances to public order linked to the gathering of people who defy” the prohibition, the police headquarters issued an order to close shops in the area of Barbès-Rochechouart, from noon.
This, to “avoid as much damage as possible”, and that “items of furniture” can be used against the police, is it specified in a press release.
The France Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) has also launched several calls for gatherings outside Paris, in Bordeaux, Lyon or even Strasbourg, in order to denounce “the attacks against the Palestinians of Jerusalem” committed, according to it by the “gangs. fascists and racists of the Israeli supremacists ”. Other gatherings are planned in around twenty French cities, including Belfort and Besançon.
Also in Nice, demonstrations related to the situation in the Middle East were banned. On the other hand, – static – gatherings or demonstrations are authorized in Lyon, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse, Lille, Metz or even Saint-Etienne. In Strasbourg, one demonstration was authorized while another was banned, due among other things to a risk of “serious disturbances to public order” due to its proximity to establishments frequented by the city’s Jewish community. .