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Death of Thomas: Bordeaux, Toulouse... Far-right rallies banned this Friday and weekend

2023-12-08T13:09:09.985Z

Highlights: Death of Thomas: Bordeaux, Toulouse... Far-right rallies banned this Friday and weekend. Several rallies in tribute to Thomas, killed in Crépol in mid-November, organized by far-right groups. Violence linked to ultra-right activists broke out in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme) at the end of November, a few days after Thomas' death. Here's an update on these new bans on Friday and this Sunday. The prefecture of Gironde has banned a gathering in support of Thomas in the face of "risks of disturbances to public order"


Several rallies in tribute to Thomas, killed in Crépol in mid-November, organized by far-right groups between Friday and this Sunday


Several far-right rallies in support of Thomas, a young man killed in Crépol (Drôme) on November 18 during a ball, were banned in some cities on Friday and weekend. Violence linked to ultra-right activists broke out in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme) at the end of November, a few days after Thomas' death. Here's an update on these new bans.

Bordeaux

Already on December 1st, the prefecture of Gironde had banned a gathering in tribute to Thomas in the face of "risks of disturbances to public order". The same decision was taken on Thursday to ban a rally planned for this Friday at 19 p.m. on the Place de la Bourse, in the center of Bordeaux (Gironde). "This gathering, declared by the prefecture, presents a proven risk of violence," the prefecture said in a statement. According to Sud Ouest, the call for mobilization came from the far-right student union, La Cocarde.

The prefect Étienne GUYOT has issued two decrees to prevent the risk of disturbances to public order and to guarantee good order and public tranquillity.

Learn more ➕: https://t.co/OaJwcJjCHA pic.twitter.com/yEbQmfYIin

— Prefect of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Gironde (@PrefAquitaine33) December 7, 2023

At the same time, the prefect of Gironde, Étienne Guyot, banned all "processions, parades and undeclared gatherings from 18 p.m. to midnight on certain roads and public spaces in the city center." "Demonstrations, some of which are undeclared, between far-left and far-right groups are highly likely to be organised that day in the city centre of Bordeaux, as evidenced by the calls on social networks," the prefect said.

The Bordeaux Antifascist Offensive called on its social networks for a "new rally in response to the call for mobilization of far-right groups."

New anti-fascist rally in response to the call for mobilization of far-right groups following their cancellation last week.
See you this Friday from 18 p.m., Place Jean Jaurès to once again prevent them from marching in our city! 🏴🚩 pic.twitter.com/zahg4CqGtw

— Bordeaux Antifascist Offensive (@oabbdx) December 6, 2023

Toulouse

In Toulouse (Haute-Garonne), the prefecture has decided to ban all gatherings in the city centre on Friday, according to Actu Toulouse. "This gathering ... is expected to attract several ultra-right groups (...) In reaction, the ultra-left and anti-fascist movement in Toulouse has launched a call for an undeclared counter-rally on social networks," the prefecture said in a statement quoted by Actu Toulouse. "If the two opposing groups come into contact, there are fears of violent clashes."

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The rally was organized at the call of the far-right group "Furie Française," according to La Dépêche du Midi. "The people of Toulouse are fed up, they won't let it happen anymore, we will be present at their side to demonstrate this Friday against insecurity!" said La Furie Française on its social networks, calling for a "stop to the massacre of the French".

🗓 Friday, December
📍8 Place des Puits Clos, Toulouse
🕖 19 p.m.

📢 STOP THE MASSACRE OF THE FRENCH!

🟠 The people of Toulouse are fed up, they won't let it happen anymore, we will be present at their side to demonstrate this Friday against insecurity!

We look forward to seeing you there! pic.twitter.com/AZ9LoZaJ6m

— French Fury (@_FurieFrancaise) December 5, 2023

Brest

Here too, the prefecture of Finistère pointed to "the foreseeable risks of disturbances to public order", according to Le Télégramme, to prohibit a rally planned for this Friday evening. It was to be held in front of the Brest court at the call of far-right activists to say "stop the massacres of the French".

⚠️ RT APPRECIATED!

1. Citizens' rally for Thomas in Brest, on December 8, at 19 p.m., in front of the Court of Justice (32 rue de Denver).

2. Journalists?
We don't care about your insults.

3. Happy birthday Thomas, sorry for everything, you would have turned 17 today 💔 pic.twitter.com/P0JT5FKOZK

— Leonard Pluie ☔️ (@lemilesfrance) December 6, 2023

A far-left counter-rally is also planned for Friday evening. According to the Telegram, it has not been banned.

Tours

In Tours (Indre-et-Loire), two rallies were to be held at the same time, reports the Nouvelle République. Both were banned by the prefecture of the department "due to the risk of disturbances to public order and the urgency of the attack". "The police services are extremely solicited by the Vigipirate plan, the security of the Hanukkah celebrations and the security of the Christmas market. In these circumstances, only a ban on the two demonstrations is likely to prevent foreseeable disturbances to public order," she said, according to the New Republic.

#securite | Ban on demonstrations |
The prefect of #Indreetloire banned the gatherings of two collectives and an association declared on Saturday at 11 a.m. in #Tours because of the risk of unrest at the #ordrepublic and the #Urgenceattentats. pic.twitter.com/7aE1sr92ZZ

— Prefect of Indre-et-Loire (@Prefet37) December 7, 2023

The first rally was organized at the call of a far-right group from Touraine "Des Tours et des Lys", according to the local media. The second was organized by two far-left collectives: "Antifascist Tours" and the "Touraine Antifascist Band". "These calls for demonstrations, scheduled for the same day, at the same time, in front of the city hall of Tours, come in a particularly sensitive context linked to the violence committed during the demonstrations organized by ultra-right activists in Romans-sur-Isère and Lyon," the prefecture told the daily.

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Thomas, 16, was fatally stabbed during an altercation between guests and a dozen young people from outside the village, during a ball organised in Crépol (Drôme). Eight other people were injured.

Source: leparis

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