France Descends into Chaos as Protesters Rally Against Police Brutality

Violence has erupted in Paris for the second consecutive weekend at a mass demonstration against a newly established security law, with protesters clashing with the police, vehicles set on fire and properties being destroyed.

Violence has erupted in Paris for the second consecutive weekend at a mass demonstration against a newly established security law, with protesters clashing with the police, vehicles set on fire and properties being destroyed.

A new wave of street protests has begun after the government has implemented a security bill in the parliament that set out to elevate its surveillance tools and restrict rights on the police officers’ images in the media and online.

The bill was included in Macron’s drive to become stricter on law and order ahead of elections in 2022. 

According to Macron’s government, it is necessary that the police are better protected from online hate. 

However the draft legislation resulted in a public backlash. Activists demand that it should be deleted completely. 

In response to this, Macron has announced on Friday that he would create an online platform at the beginning of next year, wherein people would be able to report discrimination and abuse, for example, by the police.

Young people in the French working-class suburbs have been complaining of police violence for a long time.

There has been a sudden increase in complaints during the first coronavirus lockdown earlier this year. 

Police officers allegedly made racist comments in a Facebook group, which consequently sparked outrage.


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