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MAP: Dozens of French cities brace for new protests on Saturday

Protesters will be taking to the streets in cities across France on Saturday in yet another nationwide rallying cry against the French government's proposed security law.

MAP: Dozens of French cities brace for new protests on Saturday
"No justice no peace". Protesters in Paris lit several vehicles and torched other items along their route last Saturday. Photo: AFP

The collective Coordination Stop Loi Sécurité Globale, named after the bill in question, will hold protests in dozens of French cities.

Last Saturday's protests ended in violent clashes, especially in Paris, where fringe protesters clad in black attacked police who used tear gas, water cannons and batons in response.

Consisting of several journalism unions and human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, the collective was formed to contest the so-called “global security law”, which was passed in the lower house of French parliament but still faces legislative hurdles before entering into effect.

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On Saturday they will also call on the government to withdraw an article in the so-called separatism bill (Law to strengthen Republican principles), which they say “risks reintroducing” the most controversial part of the security law, Article 24.

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The map below shows where there will be protests in France on Saturday:

Paris

Following last week's violent clashes in Paris, organisers said they had decided against rallying the masses in the capital on Saturday as “the conditions for protesters' safety are not guaranteed”.

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An independent Facebook event has called for protesters to meet at 2.30pm at Place du Châtelet in Paris in a demonstration that will head towards Place de la République, both in the centre of the capital.

An exact itinerary has not yet been published, but the route will likely look something like this:

Photo: Google Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROTESTS

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.

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