"Because we refuse to silence our solidarity with the Palestinians, and that we will not be prevented from demonstrating, we will be present (at the metro) Barbès", Saturday, "at 3 pm", affirmed the Association of Palestinians. in Ile-de-France.
Nearly thirty other organizations will join it, among which Attac, the Paris-Banlieue Antifascist Action, the New Anticapitalist Party.
The demonstration of support with the Palestinian territories was however banned Thursday evening by the Paris police headquarters at the request of Gérald Darmanin, fearing "disturbances to public order", and the administrative court validated this decision on Friday in the part of an interim relief procedure.
The court considered that the "international as well as domestic" context did not allow "to estimate that the risks of serious disturbances" would not "be as great or even greater than those found in 2014", when urban violence had broken out, according to the decision.
The court also ruled that the police, already "strongly mobilized" within the framework of Vigipirate would also be called this weekend to ensure compliance with health measures.
He also recalls that 26 other events are planned in Paris this Saturday.
135 euros fine in case of participation
"Under these conditions", the prefect of police did not "seriously undermine" the freedom to demonstrate, explains the decision, noting however that this "detailed" ban could not be valid as a prohibition in principle of all pro demonstrations. Palestinian.
The Paris police headquarters also warned on Twitter that “participating in a prohibited demonstration is subject to a fine of 135 euros”.
The appeal against the order taken by the Prefect of Police was rejected by the administrative court.
The event scheduled for tomorrow is therefore prohibited. # Reminder: Participating in a prohibited event is subject to a fine of 135 €.
- Police Prefecture (@prefpolice) May 14, 2021
"France is the only democratic country to ban these demonstrations", protested Me Sefen Guez Guez, Me Dominique Cochain and Me Ouadie Elhamamouchi, lawyers of the Association of Palestinians in Ile-de-France, announcing to appeal "before the Council of State of this rejection ”.
🔴Mandated by the organizers, this evening we are contesting the clearly unfair and abusive ban decree.
France is the only democracy to ban such a demonstration!
With my colleagues Me Cochain and @OElhamamouchi we seize the TA of Paris!
- Sefen Guez Guez (@Me_GuezGuez) May 13, 2021
🛑At the moment: The Administrative Court of Paris rejected our request without holding a hearing.
We therefore appeal to the Council of State.
France remains the only democratic country to ban these demonstrations.
- Sefen Guez Guez (@Me_GuezGuez) May 14, 2021
The demonstration was originally planned to commemorate the Nakba, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians upon the creation of Israel in 1948. Then on Friday, May 7 came the outbreak of violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip .
The escalation in the offensives, the tally of victims and injuries, every day, have since come to draw the prospect of an important rally.
In total, since Monday, 140 people have died and nearly 1,500 have been injured.
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In Nice, the demonstration was also banned.
Processions or gatherings are however authorized in Lyon, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Lille, Metz or Saint-Etienne.
The Interior Ministry asked the prefects to be very vigilant, and to ensure the protection of places frequented by the Jewish community.
At the beginning of the morning, this Saturday, the prefect Didier Lallement ordered the closure of shops in the Barbès district "as a precaution" from 12 noon.
#Monstration prohibited in #Paris this Saturday |
Due to the serious risks of disturbances to public order linked to the gathering of people who defy this ban, a closing decree has been taken, as a precaution, from 12 noon, for businesses in the Barbès sector.
- Police Prefecture (@prefpolice) May 15, 2021