Six people, out of the 45 demonstrators taken into police custody on Saturday on the sidelines of the demonstration banned in Paris in support of the Palestinians, were the subject of the first legal proceedings on Sunday, mainly for violence, said the Paris prosecutor's office.
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Police custody continued Sunday evening for five people, while the procedures were closed for 34 demonstrators, including 16 after a reminder of the law, and 18 for offenses
according to the prosecution.
Of the six protesters prosecuted, three are to be tried on Monday in immediate appearance and two have accepted a plea-guilty procedure, the sixth having benefited from a criminal composition, a procedure intended to sanction low-gravity offenses.
All of these demonstrators were arrested on Saturday, in particular for suspicion of "participation in a group formed for violence", "participation in a gathering after summons", "violence on the police" or for contempt. .
Between 2,500 and 3,500 people according to the authorities - 4,500 to 5,000 according to the organizers - gathered Saturday in small groups in the district of Barbès (18th arrondissement), causing sometimes tense face-to-face between demonstrators and forces of order in the north of Paris. A massive police deployment - 4,200 police and gendarmes mobilized with instructions for “immediate” dispersal - had prevented the demonstrators, who planned to go to Bastille, from deploying a procession. A total of 367 people were fined in the capital, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday evening.
The ban on the gathering, taken Thursday by the Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, at the request of the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, for “risk of disturbances”, had been confirmed Friday by the administrative justice.
In total, the demonstrations, everywhere in France, brought together some 22,000 people according to the Ministry of the Interior.
They intervened against a backdrop of military escalation unprecedented since 2014 between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas, in and around the Gaza Strip, and violence in mixed Arab and Jewish Israeli towns.
Since the start of this new round of violence on May 10, 192 Palestinians have died, including at least 58 children, and more than 1,200 have been injured, according to a latest Palestinian death toll. In Israel, ten people were killed, including a child, and 282 injured, in Palestinian rocket fire.