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"Violent groups" in demonstrations: a parliamentary commission of inquiry created at the National Assembly


Highlights: The National Assembly has approved a commission of inquiry into "small groups of violence" The commission will focus on events between March 16 and May 1. The date was chosen because it is the day the government called on the public to vote on the reform. The left has criticized the commission for not mentioning "far-left militias, antifa, black blocs, extremist ecologists" and the police. The commission's aim is to find out who is responsible for the violence, and how to stop it.

In the viewfinder of the rapporteur of the commission Florent Boudié (Renaissance) the "small groups" that come with "mortars of artifice,

The National Assembly validated Wednesday evening the creation of a commission of inquiry requested by the presidential majority on the "small groups, perpetrators of violence during demonstrations" such as those of Sainte-Soline or May 1, under the protests of LFI deputies, communists and ecologists.

Macronist MP Florent Boudié, rapporteur, explained that he targeted in this commission of inquiry the "small groups" that come with "fireworks mortars, slingshots with lead balls" or "Molotov cocktails", in order to "attempt the lives of the police".

From Sainte-Soline to May 1st

This parliamentary commission of inquiry, approved by 204 votes to 47, intends to work on "the structuring, financing, means and modalities of action of small groups responsible for violence" during demonstrations and rallies "between March 16 and May 3, 2023".

The date of March 16 was chosen because it is the day the government called on 49.3 to pass the pension reform without a vote in the Assembly, causing mobilizations and clashes. The deadlines also aim to examine the clashes between gendarmes and opponents of megabasins, water reservoirs, on March 25 in Sainte-Soline in the Deux-Sèvres.

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Also concerned: the mobilization of May 1 against the pension reform, marked by violence, with 540 people arrested in France including 305 in Paris, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

LFI wind standing

In a stormy atmosphere, LFI, communists and ecologists accused the presidential majority of wanting to "criminalize the oppositions" in this commission of inquiry and to make "diversion" in the face of the protest against the pension reform.

In the eyes of the BIA Marianne Maximi, the government bears "a heavy political responsibility for the violence", by the "political impasse" of pensions. The left has called for a change in policing doctrine, emphasizing "mutilated" protesters. The socialist Roger Vicot condemned all "violence from wherever it comes, from the extreme right, the extreme left" and "sometimes from the police", judging "legitimate" and "democratic" this commission of inquiry.

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On the far right, RN Julien Odoul supported the creation of the commission, but also criticized the presidential camp for not clearly mentioning "far-left militias, antifa, black blocs, anarchists, extremist ecologists".

Source: leparis

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