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US News Paris: The march of undocumented migrants partially prohibited

21:30  16 october  2020
21:30  16 october  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Le défilé de la place de la République à celle de la Concorde, qui devait suivre à partir de 14 heures, est en revanche interdit. © LP / Arnaud Journois The parade from Place de la République to Place de la Concorde, which was to follow from 2 pm, is however prohibited.

The yellow posters proclaiming “we are walking towards the Elysée” were posted all over Paris. But the 3rd act of the "national march of the sans-papiers", scheduled for this Saturday in the heart of the capital, may not go to this destination. The police headquarters, which examined the declaration of demonstration filed for several weeks, banned the holding of this rally. At least on the last part of the route.

The organizers (20 collectives of undocumented migrants and more than 200 organizations or support associations) invited the demonstrators to join one of the three processions which will leave from 10 a.m., from the doors of the Chapel, from Italy and from Montreuil to converge on Place de la République. These three pre-events as well as the gathering in République (which could bring together several thousand participants) are authorized.

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Risks of disturbing public order

The parade from Place de la République to Place de la Concorde, which was to follow from 2 pm, is however prohibited. Not for health reasons. Despite the increase in restrictions after the passage of the Ile de France in the maximum alert zone on October 5, “declared protest demonstrations” remain authorized. The prohibition order is motivated by questions of security and the risk of disturbing public order.

"The declared route crosses emblematic and sensitive institutional sites, near which the action of the security forces will be made difficult by very probable overflows in view of the previous ones", justifies the police headquarters .... By specifying in passing that the organizers “did not provide the guarantees essential to respect for hygiene and social distancing measures. »

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Several thousand people in the capital

On May 30, a first demonstration organized by the support groups (which in particular demanded the regularization of undocumented migrants and the closure of administrative detention centers) had attracted several thousand people in the capital. The rally, banned by the police headquarters, gave rise to interventions by the police to disperse the demonstrators.

The people who will march this Saturday from Republic to Concorde will be subject to "a fine for participating in a prohibited demonstration of 135 euros", recalls the police headquarters. The national coordination of the march of undocumented migrants, which said it was “outraged” by this partial ban, maintained its demand for a demonstration until Concorde.

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