Some 90 left-wing organizations, including LFI, EELV, CGT and Solidaires, are calling for "citizen marches" this Saturday to express "mourning and anger" and denounce policies deemed "discriminatory" against popular neighborhoods, after the death of Nahel which provoked a wave of riots throughout the France.
These organizations mobilized "for the maintenance of public and individual freedoms", ask that the "government take its responsibilities and provide immediate responses to get out of the confrontation," according to a statement sent on Wednesday, July 5 by Solidaires.
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Among the myriad of measures demanded by these unions, associations or political parties is "an in-depth reform of the police, its intervention techniques and its armament". In the sights of these 90 organizations, the 2017 law on the relaxation of the rules on the use of firearms by the police which they demand the repeal but also the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) which they demand the replacement by an independent body.
They also want "the creation of a service dedicated to discrimination affecting young people within the administrative authority chaired by the Defender of Rights". For these organizations, "the revolts that have shaken the popular neighborhoods" since the death of Nahel, a 17-year-old boy killed by a police officer in Nanterre, are the result of an "abandonment of these populations" and "decades of drifts of a policy of maintaining order". They also question "systemic racism that runs through society as a whole."
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Among the signatories of the communiqué are LFI, EELV, CGT, FSU, Solidaires, Amnesty International France, LDH, Greenpeace France, local collectives of the Earth Uprisings and the Truth and Justice Committee for Adama. While waiting for the "citizen marches" planned for Saturday, the organizations invite to join the rallies and marches, "everywhere in the country" from this Wednesday, "like the march organized by the Truth and Justice Committee for Adama, in Beaumont-sur-Oise, and that of the National Coordination against police violence on July 15".