Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?

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Post by fwiw » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:54 am

After Amnesty International and Reporters without borders, the Human Rights League denounce "an explicit intent to injure" protesters, while France Police, a police union, says mutilations inflicted on yellow vest protesters are at the level of wartime injuries. (If you want to see for yourself: severed hands and eyes losts)


Human Rights League (via google translate:)
- Journalist: "Jean-François Mignard, a new demonstrator was badly wounded by a flash-ball shot of the police yesterday during the mobilization of yellow vests in Toulouse.How reacts the League of Human Rights from Midi-Pyrénées? "

- Jean-François Mignard, Secretary General of the LDH: "This is worrying because it is added to the long list of injured caused by the systematic use of mutilating weapons used by the police. situation in Toulouse, the first elements of the Observatory of Police Practices indicate aggressive initiatives by police officers and the disproportionate use of law enforcement tools.As far as one is in disagreement with the behavior of individuals and violent groups, the shooting of flashballs and the systematic use of such weapons are reprehensible and testify to an explicit desire to hurt, with particularly serious consequences for people using their rights. legitimate to manifest. "

- Journalist: "You speak of an" explicit desire to hurt. "Why?

- Jean-François Mignard: "This behavior is not new.It is enough to be convinced to refer to the many cases of mutilation demonstrators we denounce for many months, associations, unions ... and even the Defender On the basis of the government's current speech, it can be imagined that the police have had strict instructions that result in many injuries, and in any case, this is unacceptable. "

- Journalist "For you, the multiplication of flash-ball shots towards the face of demonstrators is the consequence of these" instructions "?

- Jean-François Mignard: "No, this is also explained by the almost complete impunity enjoyed by police officers to date, who are responsible for injuries, even if they have been wounded."

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr ... 99367.html

France Police (google translate):

Open letter to the Prime Minister regarding mutilations of Yellow Vests similar to wartime wounds
Prime Minister,

Since last November 17, several French were severely mutilated during tensions between our services and protesters yellow vests during operations of maintenance of the order.

My colleagues have joined the national police to protect the lives of their compatriots. Unfortunately, ordinary citizens, like us policemen, will now have to live with one eye or one hand less.

These permanent mutilations seem to have been caused by LBDs and GLI-F4s. Never in the Fifth Republic had we made such extensive use of such weapons against the crowd.

In the context of law enforcement operations, the use of these weapons is ordered by the administrative authority. These are usually prefects who apply the directions of the Minister of the Interior.

https://france-police.org/2018/12/30/le ... e-du-synd/
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Re: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?

Post by fwiw » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:11 am

Heart-warming images of yellow vests hugging policemen

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Post by fwiw » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:15 pm

As the movement continues despite the claims by all mainstream media that it is on the verge of ending, and is supported by 75% of the population according to a recent poll, the spokesperson for the government, Mr Griveaux, declared yesterday that the government will double down on its policies and enter a new "hard", "more radical" phase.

This afternoon, he was forced to flee his office in Paris as individuals broke down the gate of the ministry with a construction machine


Also, the situation is tense in London between policemen and yellow vests protesters. Fun fact: policemen wear yellow vests themselves

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Post by fwiw » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:47 pm

Bloomberg : Macron’s Yellow Vest Response Makes Putin Look Soft

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/artic ... -look-soft
French President Emmanuel Macron’s handouts to Yellow Vest protesters have damped the demonstrators’ fervor somewhat but failed to stop the regular eruptions of violence, so now Macron and his government have decided to wield a heavier stick. The new rules being proposed ought to raise some eyebrows: They’re tougher than the norms Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime uses to suppress political opposition.

The shift from a conciliatory tone toward law and order began with Macron’s New Year’s speech, in which he condemned extremists who had no right to speak in the name of the French people. “They are only the spokespeople of a hate-filled mob,” he said. Then, on Monday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the government would seek a new law to crack down on violent protest so that those who “take advantage of these manifestations to overrun, to break, to burn” don’t “have the last word.” The bill, he said, would likely be considered by parliament in early February; according to Philippe, it would be similar to a measure the Senate, controlled by the center-right opposition, approved in October.

The main points of that measure, for which Philippe voiced support, would allow the police to search the personal effects of people about to attend a demonstration; ban persons known to the police as violent from attending protests, the way soccer hooligans on police lists are kept out of stadiums; and toughen the punishment for covering one’s face while protesting from a mere fine to, potentially, a year in prison.

France is the birthplace of the freedom of assembly: It first emerged after the French Revolution. Like a number of other democracies, France has long imposed some restrictions on the right to assembly: Protest organizers, for example, must notify the authorities in advance and can be denied; that regularly happens. Unsanctioned protest, however, is traditionally tolerated if it’s peaceful. Even police officers have demonstrated without prior notification.

That’s how it should be in a democratic country, and even undemocratic ones, such as Russia, will often put up with spontaneous, unsanctioned but nonviolent rallies and marches. Russia, however, has tightened considerably the right of assembly legislation since Putin’s return to power in 2012. It has banned people with previous offenses against public order from organizing protests, a rule that has been used heavily against anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny, Putin’s most hated political opponent. Navalny has been detained dozens of times on his way to rallies and has spent months in custody. Calling on people to participate in an unsanctioned rally is also punishable by detention; last month, 77-year-old human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov spent 16 days under arrest for this offense.

Not even in Russia, however, can police simply put someone on a list of people banned from public protests. And covering one’s face, even during a protest that has turned violent and resulted in damage to people and property, is punishable only by a maximum fine of 300,000 rubles ($4,500) and 20 days’ arrest. The French proposal — a 15,000 euro ($17,200) fine and a year in prison — is harsher.

The Putin regime tries hard to avoid accusations of arbitrariness, which are inevitable when police decide who is allowed to demonstrate and who isn’t. And while it wants to deter protesters from trying to avoid identification, it won’t jail people for wearing a scarf to minimize the effects of tear gas — something that may well start happening in France if the new rules become reality.

Democracies too occasionally go overboard in restricting freedoms. In 2015, Spain passed a highly unpopular public safety law, which banned demonstrations in the vicinity of key government buildings, put in place large fines for photographing police officers during a protest, and introduced other restrictions that prompted then-opposition leader Pedro Sanchez to promise the law would only last as long as the conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Now, however, Sanchez is prime minister and he’s backtracked on softening the law as he faces formidable protests in Catalonia.

France, however, has no real reason to follow the Spanish example. It’s not clear that the French police — or the law enforcers in any democratic country — need any additional powers to curb the violence that accompanies protests from time to time. In the past eight weeks, as the Yellow Vest movement developed, French police arrested 5,600 people. What they need is enough manpower and equipment to curb fighting, burning and looting, not the power to search or ban anyone headed to a rally.

In a democracy, violence should be restricted and criminalized, but protest tolerated. The Putin regime has gradually discarded this distinction. Macron must be careful not to go so far.
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Re: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?

Post by fwiw » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:01 pm

Update on the Gilets Jaunes protests

A yellow vest named Hedi (handler, 28 yo) has been sentenced to 6 months in prison for a message shared on facebook.


« Tous les GJ du département sont demandés en renfort ! Il faut frapper fort avant l’Acte VIII. Nous voulons tenir face aux CRS et GM alors venez équiper (masque, lunette…) »

"All the YV in the district are requested in backup ! We need to hit hard before Act 8 (8th saturday of protests). We want to stand strong in front of the CRS and GM (police), so come equipped (mask, goggles...)"

https://www.lindependant.fr/2019/01/04/ ... 079068.php
The police (and the government) insist it's fair game to send tear gas on a large crowd of overwhelmingly peaceful protesters if just a few of them have threatening attitudes. But it's not fair game for protesters to come equipped with physiological serum, helmets or goggles for self protection. People have been arrested for having some of these items in their trunk, even in locations far from any protest.

Hedi has been arrested for "organizing an undeclared protest". In violation of interntational law, as Amnesty International pointed out, France has made it illegal to protest without first declaring the event to the authorities. This is what Hedi has been charged with and is now serving 6 months in prison for it.


Next, the minister of the interior, Castaner, declared yesterday :
Those who call for protests tomorrow know that there will be violence, so they have their part of responsibility. Let it be clear. In the beginning, one could say "yes but there are people who joined the group and came to break things, it's not us, we don't condone this." Tomorrow, I say, those who come to protest in towns where breakage is announced know that they will be accomplices of those protests.
This expert explains that the minister of the interior's declaration is juridically false, which means no one can actually be charged for participating to a protest where other protesters end up breaking stuff, and he has to know it. What this declaration does is trying to scare would-be protesters and make them believe that protesting with the YV will be criminalized. And as such it's an offense against the right to protest.



Then, the president stated yesterday, as protesters brave en masse all the fearmongering of the government and the media, as well as the violent repression from the police (this journalist catalogues all known cases of filmed police brutality and reports them to the ministry of interior - and hasn't got a single reply after over 250 reports):
The unrest that our society is going through is also sometimes due to and linked to the fact that way too many of our fellow citizens think that we can obtain (?) without this effort being made, that sometimes some have too often forgotten that alongside the rights of everyone in the republic - and our republic has nothing to envy other countries, I can tell you in regard to this - there are duties (winner smile). And if there isn't this engagement, this sense of effort, the fact that each citizen brings his stone to the building (or brick to the wall?) by his work, by his engagement in work, our country will never be able to recover its strength, its cohesion.
What people have dumbed this down to is : "Too many French people forget the sense of effort".

My comment on the above:

- when he says "our republic has nothing to envy other countries, I can tell you in regard to this" what I translate is "if you are not happy, go and see in poorer countries how society works, and be happy that we are not yet forcing you to live by the same standards". What he says is exactly what his billionaire puppet masters have told him to do, that is what they want to tell the common people.

- when he says " if there isn't this engagement, this sense of effort, the fact that each citizen brings his stone to the building (or brick to the wall?) by his work, by his engagement in work, our country will never be able to recover its strength, its cohesion" it sounds like Mussolini could have said. "Shut up, be happy that we are not treating you worse and work hard for little, or else you will suffer".

- what I perceive beneath the words is the idea that at the era of globalization, common French people are in competition with people in countries where they get exploited and forced to work much harder for much less, so they should better get in line and be happy with whatever crumbs the oligarchy lets them.


If the president was seeking to galvanize the protest intentionally, he could hardly have done anything as effective
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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:18 pm

The movement is on our news again - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-13/ ... k/10711804 - mostly for -
Paris police have fired water cannon and tear gas to repel "yellow vest" demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

Thousands of protesters also marched noisily but peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris, close to where an unrelated gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and one Spaniard, and injuring nearly 50 early on Saturday.

Central Paris was in lockdown against another feared eruption of violence by radical elements in the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) movement, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.
- but also -
The "yellow vests" take their name from the high-visibility jackets they wear at road barricades and on the street.

Their rage stems from a squeeze on household incomes and a belief that Mr Macron, a former investment banker regarded as close to big business, is indifferent to their hardships.

Mr Macron, often criticised for a grandiose manner, is to launch a national debate on January 15 to try to quell the yellow vest protesters, whose unrest has shaken his administration.

The debate, to be held on the internet and in town halls, will focus on four themes — taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship.

But aides of Mr Macron have said changing the course of reforms aimed at liberalising the economy will be off limits.
- and that last sentence suggests that any changes will be mostly cosmetic. :toilet:

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Post by fwiw » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:05 am

As is the case in France, this article spends a lot of time talking about violence perpetrated by YV, nothing about police brutality and extremely little about their demands. The number one demand we find in lists online and on protest signs (besides chants from Macron to resign) is the RIC. Here is an interview of Etienne Chouard about it
In your very powerful manifesto book "Nous ne sommes pas en démocratie!” (We are not in a democracy!), you make a relevant observation. Is it not rather a plutocracy?
Étienne Chouard: Yes, absolutely. We have been in the plutocracy for two hundred years since the revolutions of England, America, France, since the advent of the representative government which designates the political players by the procedure of the election among candidates that one can help. This procedure, since one can help, gives all the power - because when one win the elections, one exercise all the power during the mandate - to those who have the most resources to help, that is, the richest.
What do you mean by "help"?
Helping by buying the newspapers that will show the candidates, very often and in a flattering light, helping by buying the TV channels and the media that will talk about them. It is interesting to note the exact concordance between the curves of the figures of television appearances and the elections figures. In fact, the curves are identical.
https://ahtribune.com/world/europe/gile ... ouard.html

And regarding the great debate, it is a little strange that they talk about it. It's a talking point of the government, but absolutely no one believes it. They've done it before. They listen and then throw everything in the trash and do the bidding of the 1%. And Benjamin Griveaux announced it even beforehand. Now the association of mayors in France refuses to host the great debate:
"The mayors of France are in no way committed to this debate and can not be, at any level, co-organizers".

"We have no information, but above all, this debate is that of the state with the citizens and we do not see how the mayors could be involved in this debate which, in the end, rather aims to involve local elected representatives in the government's failure. "

https://www.upr.fr/actualite/france/nou ... -dhonneur/
Also this is a poll on twitter organize by the official tv channel "Public Senate":

Question: do you plan on participating in the great debate?
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The intent is transparent: stall and divide. People are not buying it though.

France is being run by bankers and their sycophants. People who have no idea what leadership is and just think they can make decisions at the level of the country as they would in a corporation (without the slightest regard for what the executants or people at the bottom of the chain will feel like).
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Post by fwiw » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:00 pm

Statistics about grave injuries caused by the police on protesters

Most of them are due to flashballs, rubber bullets that fly at 300 kph and have rendered more than 10 people blind on one side, not to mention cases of torn off hands, since the start of the yellow vest protests

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My opinion: headshots are not random and are therefore intentional. The government is trying to terrorize protesters with this type of weaponry.

Last saturday, a black kid who had nothing to do with the protests but happened to pass by on his way back from shopping was shot in the head for no apparent reason (although it's not difficult to emit hypotheses)
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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:39 am

Posts about similar movements outside the EU now have their own thread - viewtopic.php?f=11&t=396&p=4614#p4614

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/worl ... olice.html
“It’s supposed to be about protection, but it’s all about repression,” said David Deléarde, a stonemason who has lost his job and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after a rubber ball fractured his jawbone at a Yellow Vest demonstration in Paris in early December. “The police shoot and also throw grenades to muzzle the people.”

The police tactics, which are harsher than those of many Western countries, baffle law enforcement experts.

“No matter the level of violence in front of you, you don’t have to go into this hunting, aggressive mode that the French use,” said Stuart Maslen, an honorary professor of law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and the main author of a forthcoming United Nations report on the use of nonlethal weapons.

Other countries have learned to control protests by winning protesters’ cooperation, but not France, said Otto Adang, a cognitive scientist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and an academic dean at the country’s Police Academy.

“With the Yellow Vests, the idea that police could control these crowds by just pouring more people and repressing has reached its limits,” he said.

Mr. Michaud, the protester who lost an eye in Bordeaux, said he was unable to work, had migraines, speech and sleep difficulties, and nausea caused by pain medication. And he is angry.

“They’re putting gas on fire with this attitude,” he said of the government. “We’ve been asking to live more decently and we are instead treated like criminals.”

“Soon they’ll say that we’ve become even more radicalized,” he added. “But whose fault is it?”
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Post by fwiw » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:10 pm

Documenting France's descent into authoritarian rule

When the Office Against Cybercrime Requires the Withdrawal of a Photomontage targeting Macron

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https://www.nextinpact.com/news/107547- ... macron.htm

(via google translate:)
The central office of the fight against computer crime has requested the removal on Google+ of a photomontage aimed at the President of the Republic instead of Pinochet with, behind him, Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister and Christophe Castaner, Minister of the interior. Contacted, the organization refused to give us the slightest explanation.

The original photo was taken in 1973 by Chas Gerretsen, a Dutch photographer from the Gamma agency. "The posture, the strict and firm expression of General Pinochet on this image will be reused and largely diverted to illustrate the excesses of violence of his military dictatorship" tells the site Phototrend, in the course of his series The underpinnings of the images on the history some iconic shots. In the present case, a dramatic historical context: "more than 3,200 dead and missing, more than 38,000 tortured, tens of thousands of arrests of dissidents".

This is the photo that inspired a user in a hijacked hijacker on Google+. And it is exactly this "caricature" that has been targeted by OCLCTIC, as can be seen on Lumen DataBase. This site lists all requests for withdrawals, whether from rights holders, natural persons or government institutions, among others.

https://lumendatabase.org/notices/17936757
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Yellow vests undergoing judicial persecution and wiretapping. Police raids at the press' and the opposition's homes and headquarters. Right for the government to ban demonstrations. Police brutality with impunity. Here we are: France has become a police state.
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Post by fwiw » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:27 pm

GRAPHIC: Protester has hand ripped off during Yellow Vest march in Paris

According to witnesses, he tried to get rid of a grenade that arrived on him after bouncing on the ground and it exploded as it came in contact with his hand

The government refuses to stop using these very dangerous non-lethal weapons that are banned pretty much everywhere else in western countries for this very reason


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France: UN experts denounce severe rights restrictions on “gilets jaunes” protesters

GENEVA (14 February 2019) — The right to protest in France has been disproportionately curtailed during the recent “gilets jaunes” protests and the authorities should rethink their law enforcement policies to guarantee the exercise of freedoms, say a group of UN human rights experts*.

“Since the start of the yellow vest protest movement in November 2018, we have received serious allegations of excessive use of force. More than 1,700 people have been injured as a result of the protests across the country,” the experts said.

“The restrictions on rights have also resulted in a high number of arrests and detentions, searches and confiscations of demonstrators' possessions, and serious injuries have been caused by a disproportionate use of so-called ‘non-lethal’ weapons like grenades and defensive bullets or ‘flashballs’,” they added.

"Ensuring public order and security in the context of crowd management or event management measures implies the need to respect and protect protesters who peacefully participate in a demonstration to express themselves,” the experts stressed.

“We are aware that some demonstrations have become violent and have spilled over but we fear that the disproportionate response to these excesses may deter the population from continuing to exercise its fundamental freedoms. It is very disturbing to note that despite weeks of demonstrations, the restrictions and tactics of managing rallies and the use of force have not improved.”

The experts also expressed deep concern about a proposed law claiming to prevent violence during demonstrations and to punish the perpetrators, pointing out that some of the provisions of this law are not in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which France is a Party.

“The proposed administrative ban on demonstrations, the establishment of additional control measures and the imposition of heavy sanctions constitute severe restrictions on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. These provisions can be applied arbitrarily and lead to extremely serious abuses,” the experts emphasized.

"We encourage France to rethink its law enforcement policies and encourage the French authorities to establish avenues for dialogue to reduce tension and to recognize the important and legitimate role that social movements play in governance,” the experts said.

ENDS

(*) The experts: Mr. Seong-Phil Hong (Republic of Korea), Chair-Rapporteur; Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Mr.Michel Forst (France), Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Mr. Clément Nyaletsossi Voule (Togo), Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

The Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
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"Yellow Vests": an "observer" of the Human Rights League judged for "obstruction of traffic"


Translated (via Google Translate) from https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/ ... _3224.html
Mandated by the local branch of the League of Human Rights of Montpellier to observe the course of events, Camille Halut is called Tuesday before the judge correctional.

The League of Human Rights (LDH) is convinced, the police and the justice, exasperated by the criticism of the police during demonstrations of the "yellow vests", would make sure to discourage inconvenient witnesses . Camille Halut, mandated to perform an observation mission by the Montpellier section of the LDH, is convened Tuesday, October 1 before the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Montpellier for "obstruction of traffic". She was in a group of people who blocked the A709 highway during a demonstration on Saturday, April 6th. She then wore a light vest on which were inscribed in large "League of Human Rights". She faces a sentence of two years imprisonment and 4,500 euros fine. A possible sanction by the correctional judge will certainly not reach such summits, but the procedure may surprise.

"They intimidate the NGOs so that there is no one who testifies," worries Alain Ottan, the lawyer of Ms. Halut, who will also be defended at the hearing by Michel Tubiana, former president of the LDH. According to Mr. Ottan, the video and the police do not at all demonstrate any involvement of Ms. Halut in the stoppage of traffic. "She went on the lanes once the traffic was interrupted," he says.

According to a police report sent to the prosecutor on April 11, which Le Monde was able to consult, the police services are formal on the active role of two other people arrested, but ask instead the prosecutor's office if the facts are sufficiently characterized in the case of this young woman, while the video shows "on the lanes of the highway in the middle of a group of demonstrators blocking the progress of a bus". The Montpellier prosecutor's office answered in the affirmative, and Ms. Halut was placed in custody on April 29 before being summoned to court on October 1.

On Saturday, September 21, Camille Halut was arrested again and taken into custody during a new episode of "yellow vests". Mr. Ottan suspects the police of targeting his client because "her reports have fueled several reports to the IGPN [General Inspectorate of the National Police] of violence by members of the police and the procedure of the League of Human Rights against the use of defense bullets ". This time, it is for rebellion and refusal to submit to a DNA sample that she is prosecuted and summoned to be judged on December 12th.

Fabrice Belargent, the prosecutor of the Republic of Montpellier, denies all fiercely indicating that "other observers of the LDH as recognizable as Ms. Halut participate in these events, but it is the only one to be challenged." On the facts of September 21, he said she "was wearing glasses and a mask concealing her face, and kicked in the shin of the agent who was arresting her". What a CRS, witness of the scene, confirms, although he specifies not being able to say if the blow was intentional or not.

The LDH claims that Camille Halut was "filming the police, away from them and the demonstrators, when several agents went to her determinedly to prevent her from continuing to exercise her observation mission ".

This appearance before the court comes the day after new incidents occurred Saturday, September 28, in Toulouse, between police and citizen observers wearing "League of Human Rights" vests. Videos show police officers mistreating members of the local observatory of police practices - created in 2017 by the Copernic Foundation, the union of lawyers of France and the LDH.

In a statement released on Monday, the Human Rights League says they "have been deliberately targeted by police who have increased insults, threats, tear gas and beatings seriously injuring one of them", who was then taken care of by firefighters. It denounces "unacceptable aggression" which "directly engage the responsibility of the prefect and the departmental director of public security of the Haute-Garonne".

The association said it seized the interior and justice ministers to stop these "intimidation and police and judicial harassment attempts".
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Post by fwiw » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:15 am

The government now gets the police to teargas and shoot (sometimes point blank) rubber bullets on its own firefighters

French police teargas protesting firefighters in Paris


This firefighter was shot point blank in the leg and says to the camera he will stop being a firefighter


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