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Despite bans, pro-Palestinian demonstrations in several French cities

Although French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin asked prefects on Thursday to ban any pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the territory, several thousand people still gathered in Paris and other French cities to show their support for the Palestinian people.

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Several thousand demonstrators gathered on Thursday, October 12, in the early evening at Place de la République in Paris in support of the Palestinians, despite the ban on this demonstration, confirmed by administrative justice, noted an AFP journalist.

Other equally banned gatherings took place in the center of Rennes, bringing together around fifty demonstrators, according to an AFP journalist, but also in Lille, where there were ten arrests for “rebellion” and “refusal to stand.” disperse,” said the prefecture.

In Toulouse, despite the ban and cancellation of the pro-Palestinian demonstration by the organizers, around a hundred people gathered, before being dispersed by mobile gendarmes using tear gas, according to a photographer from the AFP.

In Paris, 24 fines and 10 arrests were made among the 3,000 people present, according to figures from the police headquarters.

In Bordeaux, around a hundred responded to the call from the Girondin Collective for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis, noted AFP journalists. Unlike the one organized the day before in the same city, this gathering was not prohibited by the prefecture.

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The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, ordered the systematic banning of “pro-Palestinian demonstrations, because they are likely to generate disturbances to public order”, after the attack perpetrated on October 7 by the Islamist movement Palestinian Hamas in Israel, in a telegram sent Thursday to the prefects.

The ministry told AFP that the “organizers” of these demonstrations and the “troublemakers” would be arrested.

Ban maintained in Paris by the administrative judge

In Paris, demonstrators gathered at Place de la République chanting “Palestine will win” and “Israel assassin, Macron complicit”, carrying Palestinian flags.

The monument to the Republic, in the center of the square, was spray-painted with “Free Palestine” in capital letters.

Police prefect Laurent Nuñez banned this gathering on Tuesday, predicting that it would be “the scene of attitudes, words and gestures mainly of an anti-Jewish nature, inciting racial hatred and advocating the terrorist attacks perpetrated in recent years. days in the Middle East.

Urgently contacted by several associations, the Paris administrative court decided Thursday afternoon to maintain this ban.

A few days after the Hamas offensive on Israel, the summary judge invoked a context of “extreme violence” and “proven risks of the export of this violence (…) on national soil” in view of , in particular, of the “resumption of anti-Semitic acts” since this attack.

“We are not going to give up”

The presidents of the AFPS (France-Palestine Solidarity Association), Bertrand Heilbronn, and the FTCR (Federation of Tunisians for Citizenship on Both Shores), Mohammed Ben Saïd, indicated to the AFP that they were not maintaining the call to demonstrate Thursday evening.

But “we are not going to give up,” added Bertrand Heilbronn. “These demonstrations give a political outlet to an anger that wants to be expressed, it is important that we can carry this voice.”

“It is high time that France pulls itself together a little and moves away from this unconditional support for the State of Israel,” he added.

For her part, the leader of CAPJPO-Europalestine, Olivia Zemor, told AFP her intention to “let people” demonstrate “if they want to do so”.

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On Wednesday evening, pro-Palestinian rallies were held in Nantes, Nîmes and Bordeaux, despite prefectural bans taken for lack of prior declaration as well as for reasons of public security.

On Thursday, the prefect of Hérault banned two other demonstrations, planned for Friday in Béziers and Saturday in Montpellier.

With AFP


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