The pro-Palestinian demonstrators in the capital will be able to be in the streets… but will not be able to march. The Paris police headquarters, which had banned the demonstrations last weekend, authorized this Wednesday, May 19, two gatherings scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. They will nevertheless have to stay “Static”.
Indeed, the police headquarters deplores the “Excesses with violence and insults on the police, which gave rise to 45 police custody” last Saturday in Paris and wants to avoid the same scenario.
The first gathering is organized on Saturday 22 May by the France Palestine Solidarity association. She will meet at 3 pm Place de la République. The second is initiated by the association of Palestinians in Île-de-France. It is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m. in Barbès.
22,000 people last Saturday
Last Saturday, around 22,000 people, according to the Interior Ministry, gathered in support of the Palestinians across France, in places despite the authorities’ ban, such as in Paris where sometimes tense face-to-face meetings took place. opposed demonstrators and police.
In the capital, where the last demonstrators were dispersed Porte de Clignancourt by the police shortly after 7 p.m., between 2,500 to 3,500 people according to the authorities – 4,500 to 5,000 according to the organizers – gathered in small groups in the district of Barbès (18th century).
“Now, when we demonstrate in support of Palestine, we are seen as terrorists! “
The calls for demonstrations come against a backdrop of military escalation unprecedented in recent days since 2014 between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas, in and around the Gaza Strip, and violence in mixed Arab and Jewish Israeli towns.