New gatherings are being organized on January 30, 2021 in dozens of cities in France against the proposed Global Security law and for the right to culture, in the face of restrictive measures related to Covid-19.
As on previous Saturdays, gatherings are scheduled for January 30 in dozens of cities in France to challenge the Global Security bill, but also to defend the right to culture in the face of mandatory closures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Paris, the meeting was fixed at the beginning of the afternoon at Place de la République, with the participation of artists and musicians to, according to the organizers, “proclaim the freedom to create, to exercise, to play for a resolutely alive public ”in the face of the closure of cultural venues. “The government is closing all places of thought, culture, exchange and critical thinking, favoring shopping malls over theaters, universities, concert halls and cinemas. We want to be free, awake and standing! ”They proclaim according to AFP. The organizers call for a mobilization “with strict respect for barrier gestures and the most total determination”. This time there would be no planned route: the event will be “static”, still according to the organizers.
In Lyon, the gathering is planned at Place Maréchal Lyautey in the 6th arrondissement.
In Toulouse, the “march of freedoms” – to which several associations, unions and political parties called, including Attac, EELV Toulouse, the League of Human Rights, the Left Party, the NPA 31, the SNJ and Solidaires , according to the Dispatch – will start at 1:30 p.m. at the media library, arche Marengo.
Other gatherings are planned in particular in Lille, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Toulon, Nice, but also Dijon, La Rochelle, Quimper, Abbeville, Tarbes and Le Havre.
Against “general surveillance”
Particularly targeted by the demonstrators is article 24 of the bill on comprehensive security, which prohibits the dissemination of images of members of the security forces with the intention of harming their “physical or mental” integrity – an article of which the presidential majority announced the complete rewrite. The collective also denounces its “recycling” in article 18 of the bill on “separatism”. For the government, this measure aims to protect police officers who are victims of hate calls and murder on social networks, but which would prevent, according to its detractors, from filming the police in intervention and documenting police violence.
The collective “# StopLoiS SécuritéGlobale”, launched by journalists’ unions and the Human Rights League, also denounces articles 21 and 22 of the bill, relating to the use of pedestrian cameras and drones by law enforcement. He is also opposed to the “new national plan for maintaining order” (SNMO), regularly invoked by the police to limit media coverage of the demonstrations.
The number of participants in the mobilizations against the bill, since its examination by the Assembly in autumn, has fluctuated. The most important day of mobilization, last November 28, had gathered 500,000 people in the country according to the coordination, 133,000 according to the authorities. The “freedom marches” of January 16 brought together 200,000 people according to the organizers and 34,000 according to the police. They had been joined by “chokers” members of the “free parties” movement, who consider themselves targeted by an abusive police repression after the illegal New Year rave in Lieuron (Ille-et-Vilaine).