PARIS, FRANCE – People across France are protesting against a controversial proposed law on public safety that will make filming a police officer on duty a crime.
Rallies are taking place today in #France to call for the abolition of a new law that would restrict sharing images of the police. This law, if enacted, would endanger journalists and limit actions against the police for violence.#MarcheDesLibertes— Euro-Med Monitor (@EuroMedHR) November 28, 2020
Video: @CharlesBaudry pic.twitter.com/Ig563ARpSD
Protests were organized in Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Brest and Nice, with thousands protesting, ignoring COVID-19 restrictions. The largest protest is in the Place de la République in Paris.
Wow. Look at #Paris rising for #MarchesDesLibertes today.— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) November 28, 2020
If these massive rallies were happening in Syria, Iran or Russia, rather than #France, they’d be incessantly plastered all across Western corporate media.pic.twitter.com/W4L1DsZvXn
Critics of the proposed law say it fosters impunity for misconduct. The law was approved by the lower chamber of the parliament this week. Protesters condemned the lawmakers who voted for the bill.
If the law is passed, people can be fined $53,450 (US) and/or face a year in prison.
Makers of the law say the police force needs to be protected from being filmed, posted online and harassed. Critics also say the law restricts freedom of the press and would be used to intimidate people who want to expose police brutality and other forms of misconduct.