Clashes in Paris after French government’s decision to implement bill to criminalise filming Police

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Tension prevails in Paris after Police clashed with protesters on Saturday, leading to cars and a newspaper kiosk being set on fire. Several were arrested following protests against the French government’s decision to criminalise filming the Police. Clashes erupted after someone in the crowd threw stones and fireworks at the Police.

 

Around 46,000 people protested in Central Paris while a small section of people clashed with police. Those opposing the new bill believe it takes away the freedom of press while the French government believes it will save Police officers from online abuse.

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The echos of protests grew louder after videos of three Policemen beating up a black music producer Michel Zecler for no apparent reason after he was questioned why he was not wearing a mask.

Zecler was seen in videos being beaten up inside his studio on Saturday and tear gas shells were fired too which shocked the nation. Others with him inside the studio too were allegedly beaten up. While charges were dropped against Zecler after he spent 48 hours in prison, investigations were on against the tsuspended Police officers.

This follows another incident last week where Police dismantled a makeshift refugee camp in a violent manner which led to clashes with migrants and activists.

The French government is facing flak for it’s decision and it will be a tough road ahead to pacify protestors. Protestors refuse to allow their freedom of speech and that of the media from being curbed, which they believe would stop such incidents from coming forward.

 

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