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US News "Comprehensive security" law: A photographer injured during the "March for freedoms", AFP calls for an investigation

18:55  29 november  2020
18:55  29 november  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

“Global security” law and freedom of the press: “A grotesque dystopia”

 “Global security” law and freedom of the press: “A grotesque dystopia” © Cyril ZANNETTACCI Rally in Paris against the proposed “global security” law, Tuesday. The Minister of the Interior says he is ready to revisit article 24 to guarantee the work of journalists. For the sociologist Fabien Jobard, the protection of the police, indisputable, seems to hide another purpose: to prevent documenting the demonstrations.

A press freedom group has denounced the “unacceptable” injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Ameer Alhalbi, a freelance photographer who worked for Polka Magazine and AFP , was covering the demonstrations against police violence and the government’s new law

Photographer : Philippe Lopez/ AFP /Getty Images. Violence erupted near the end of the march as small Through most of the march police hung back, chatting while holding their helmets or watching silently Many protesters, police and journalists have been injured during protests in recent years

AFP called for a police investigation after one of its collaborators, the Syrian photographer Ameer al Halbi , was injured during the demonstration against the "global security" law

Une affiche pendant la manifestation contre les violences policières, dimanche 29 novembre à Paris. © Aude Lorriaux A poster during the demonstration against police violence, Sunday, November 29 in Paris. MATRAQUE - AFP has called for a police investigation after one of its collaborators, the Syrian photographer Ameer al Halbi, was injured during the demonstration against the "global security" law

A Syrian photographer, collaborator of Polka Magazine and AFP, was injured during the demonstration against the text of the "global security" law and police violence in Paris. Ameer al Halbi, 24, who was covering the Place de la Bastille demonstration as an independent, "was wounded in the face by a baton", said on Twitter Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, who denounced “unacceptable” police violence.

Global security: forbidden to march for “freedoms”, opponents call for a parade

 Global security: forbidden to march for “freedoms”, opponents call for a parade © STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN Demonstration against the global security law. Private demonstration Saturday by the police prefecture for health reasons, the # StopLoiS SécuritéGlobale coordination boycotted a meeting with Castex this Thursday. The "march of freedoms" scheduled for Saturday in Paris to protest against the comprehensive security law was banned by decree, published Thursday evening by the police headquarters .

Photographer : Thomas Coex/ AFP /Getty Images. Violence erupted in Paris on Saturday during a march against a controversial new security legislation Activists and journalists are concerned the “global security law ” will allow police violence to continue unchecked at a time of growing calls for

About 3,500 people, according to the police, and between 6,000 and 7,000, according to joint trade unions, demonstrate in Nantes against the controversial " Comprehensive Security " law proposal. Brief incidents between police officers and demonstrators were quickly dispersed with tear gas.

Place de la Bastille, ajd, the young freelance photographer of Syrian origin Ameer al Halbi, collaborator of @AFP and @polkamagazine , was wounded in the face by a baton. Identifiable as a journalist, he covered the #marchesdeslibertes (Photo Gabrielle Cezard) pic.twitter.com/3SJUm4C4Ii

- Christophe Deloire (@cdeloire) November 28, 2020

“All our solidarity with Ameer Al Halbi. This police violence is unacceptable. Ameer came to France from Syria to take refuge there, as did several other Syrian journalists. The country of human rights does not have to threaten them, but to protect them, " tweeted Mr. Deloire again, while the AFP called a few hours later for an investigation to be opened.

"We are shocked by the injuries inflicted on our colleague Ameer al-Halbi and we condemn this unprovoked violence," Phil Chetwynd, AFP news director, said Sunday. He stressed that at the material time, Ameer al-Halbi "was exercising his legal right as a photojournalist covering demonstrations in the streets of Paris" and that he "was with a group of colleagues clearly identified as journalists". "We call on the police to investigate this serious incident and to ensure that all journalists are allowed to carry out their work without fear or restriction."

“Global security” law: The demonstration on Saturday in Paris finally authorized by justice

 “Global security” law: The demonstration on Saturday in Paris finally authorized by justice It was initially prohibited by the Paris police headquarters because of the coronavirus epidemic, while other marches are authorized in France © FREDERIC SCHEIBER / SIPA A demonstrator against the global security law.

( Photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP ) ( Photo by THOMAS COEX/ AFP via Getty Images). Demonstrations took place across France on Saturday against the proposed global security law and its signature Arie Alimi, a lawyer representing a collective opposed to the law , called on Twitter for a march The Paris Police Prefecture said the French internal police investigation body was asked to

Protesters throughout France have shown up for rallies against a controversial draft law on public safety, under which filming a police officer on duty Critics say it curtails journalistic freedoms and would be used to intimidate people who want to expose police brutality and other forms of misconduct.


Video: Syrian photographer Ameer al Halabi, injured during the March for Freedoms: "I'm still in shock" (France 24)

"Psychologically" very touched "

The photojournalist Independent Gabrielle Cezard was next to Ameer Al Halbi and says she lost sight of him during a police charge in a small street. “We were identifiable as photographers and all glued to a wall. We shouted "press! Press!" ". There were projectiles thrown from the side of the demonstrators. Then the police led a charge, baton in hand, ”she told AFP.

“Ameer was the only photographer who didn't wear a helmet or armband. I lost sight of him and then found him surrounded by people, his face all bloodied and wrapped in bandages, ”she said. “He was psychologically very touched, he cried, and said he didn't understand 'why it was wrong to take pictures,' the photographer continued.

“Freedom” marches: About sixty wounded police and gendarmes, 81 arrests

 “Freedom” marches: About sixty wounded police and gendarmes, 81 arrests © IP3 PRESS / MAXPPP The demonstration against the “Global Security” bill in Paris, November 28, 2020. Several videos broadcast on the social networks show members of the police beaten up. On the demonstrators' side too, the rallies were injured. The quantified toll is not yet known. A freelance Syrian photographer was shot in the face.

About 3,500 people, according to the police, and between 6,000 and 7,000, according to joint trade unions, demonstrate in Nantes against the controversial " Comprehensive Security " law proposal. Brief incidents between police officers and demonstrators were quickly dispersed with tear gas.

About 3,500 people, according to the police, and between 6,000 and 7,000, according to joint trade unions, demonstrate in Nantes against the controversial " Comprehensive Security " law proposal. Brief incidents between police officers and demonstrators were quickly dispersed with tear gas.

The Broken Nose

According to Dimitri Beck, Polka's cinematographer who has followed Ameer since his arrival in France almost three years ago, the photographer had a broken nose and sustained brow bone injuries. He was transported to Lariboisière Hospital.

Ameer al Halbi, who has won several international awards, including the 2nd prize in the "Spot News" category (see photo ) for the World Press Photo in 2017 , covered the fights for AFP and the devastation in his city of Aleppo, in the midst of the Syrian conflict.

A Bayeux (which celebrates war correspondents every year), he won the “Regard des jeunes de 15 ans” prize for a picture taken for AFP showing two men, each hugging an infant in their arms and walking down a ruined Aleppo street. In Paris, he notably followed a training course at the Speos photography school.

Society "Freedom" marches: 62 police officers and gendarmes injured, 81 arrests, according to the Interior Ministry Society "Global security" law: The "March of freedoms" brought together more than 40,000 people in Paris between "shame" and " worry "

Riot at Paris demonstration against police violence .
The law, which criminalizes filming of police officers during operations, continues to drive many French people onto the streets. They see the freedom of the press at risk. In addition, there is anger about the social situation in the country. © Francois Mori / AP / picture alliance Provided by Deutsche Welle During new protests against police violence and social injustice, serious riots broke out in Paris. Protesters set cars on fire in the French capital and clashed with police.

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