Friday, June 24, 2016

Event without excesses against the Labour Law in Paris – L’Obs

by Ingrid Melander

PARIS (Reuters) – Opponents of the draft Labour Law, CGT and Force Ouvriere in mind, organized on Thursday a new day without incident, following a fever triggered by the prohibition of the Paris parade finally authorized by the government.

throughout France, around 70,000 people demonstrated in 120 rallies and parades, a number below the previous mobilization of 14 June, according to the Interior Ministry. The CGT claimed its share of the “hundreds of thousands of demonstrators.”

In the capital, 60,000 people marched peacefully on the loop course imposed by the authorities, according to the CGT and Force Ouvrière. They were between 19,000 and 20,000, according to the police headquarters.

Protesters were required to return to a little over 1.5 km between Place de la Bastille and the Seine, with prohibition to depart from the heavily guarded route. No overflow has been reported.

Police Prefecture, which had raised fears of similar excesses to those of 14 June to ban the parade had taken increased security measures, with the deployment of more than 2,000 members of the security forces and the grid system around the Place de la Bastille.

upstream and from the event, 95 people including controlled with objects that can serve as projectiles were arrested, did was learned from the prefecture.

the unions have also strengthened their own security service.

“no violence, no overflow will tolerated “, warned on Wednesday the Minister of Home Affairs, Bernard Cazeneuve, after finding a last minute compromise with the CGT and FO on Thursday’s route.

the protesters, many regretted the course circular imposed by the authorities, have affirmed their determination to secure the withdrawal of the Labor law.

“I am here against the government, against Holland and Valls who do anything,” said Augustine, 32, who joined the CGT there a year.


“police state, it will not prevent us to manifest”, chanted protesters marching behind flags South union

. “Everyone hates: Labor law, capitalism, Medef, the police state, the government,” could be read on a banner hanging on foot of the July Column, Place de la Bastille. Or is this banner. “What power does, the street can undo the”

At the same time, hundreds of people have led a wild demonstration outside the Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse in the 2nd district, before dispersing.

in Marseille, 2,840 people demonstrated Thursday morning according to police, 45,000 according to organizers. In Toulouse, they were between 3,500 and 12,000, about half that in the previous day of action on June 14

In Bordeaux, protesters were 2,000, according to the prefecture, and 7,000 according to the organizers. In Rennes, where 1,500 to 3,000 people demonstrated, banks of windows and estate agents have been tagged or broken by protesters.

“If the government persisted this summer we will see, but especially be seen in the fall, “said to the press on a number of FO, Jean-Claude Mailly, before the start of the Paris march.

CGT and always call for the intervention of François Netherlands to unblock the situation and involve the supposed intransigence of his Prime Minister, Manuel Valls.

“He must take matters in hand,” said the secretary general of the CGT Philippe Martinez about François Hollande, stressing that the CGT had to date received no response to a letter sent on 20 May at the Elysee.

“in this bill, we will go up at the end, “said Thursday the head of state, during a visit to the city of refuge Army salvation in Paris.

(with Gerard Bon, Emmanuel Jarry Simon Carraud, Yann Le Guernigou and Service France, edited by Sophie Louet)


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