Civil rights activists plan to hold protests in urban centers across France on Saturday, November 21, to denounce a proposed amendment to national security laws. The largest demonstration will be held at Place du Trocadero in Paris from 14:30 (local time).
Other demonstrations have been confirmed in the following locations (all times local):
- Brest: Place de la Liberte at 15:00
- Dunkirk: Prefecture Building at 18:00
- Le Havre: Town Hall at 14:30
- Lille: Place de la Republique at 11:00
- Lyon: Palais Justice 24 Colonnes at 14:00
- Marseille: Old Port at 14:00
- Montpellier: Place de la Comedie at 14:00
- Rouen: Palais de Justice at 14:30
- Saint-Etienne: Place Jean Juares at 15:00
Further demonstrations are expected to take place in other locations nationwide.
Many of the demonstrations are predicted to be well attended and will likely be accompanied by a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport. Previous protests over the issue on Tuesday, November 17, led to clashes between protesters and security forces in Paris and similar incidents cannot be ruled out during Saturday's demonstrations.
The proposed amendment to France's national security bill would place restrictions on the dissemination of video footage of police officers and gendarmes 'with intent to harm' their integrity. Critics of the bill have argued that 'intent' is a vague concept and hard to prove. Some fear it could be open for abuse from police and could ultimately lead to reporters being unable to do their job covering protests and demonstrations.
Those in France are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate disruptions to transport and businesses in the vicinity of protests, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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