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Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, July 25, 2014 10:29 EDT

Palestinian flags during a demonstration in Paris to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza (AFP)

French police have banned a protest against Israel’s Gaza offensive that was due to take place in Paris on Saturday, following several similar rallies that turned violent.

The ban, announced by police on Friday, comes in the wake of clashes earlier this month at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in which some protesters shouted anti-Semitic slogans and fought with police.

Two of the rallies had been banned but went ahead anyway.

Following Friday’s announcement, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called on the organisers to cancel the rally.

“I urge the organisers to abandon the event on Saturday,” he told AFP, accusing them of taking a “high-risk path” if they went ahead.

But a lawyer representing the organisers of the rally said they had lodged a legal challenge against the ruling.

“The government is trying to ban a fundamental right”, said Omar Alsoumi, an organiser of the protest and member of the Palestinian Youth movement.

On Wednesday, several thousand people protested peacefully in Paris against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Police said the rally gathered about 14,500 people, while organisers put the figure at 25,000.

The government, which had banned the prior protests seeking to restrain what it called anti-Semitic radicals, authorised the march after its organisers gave “security guarantees.”

Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which is in its 18th day, has killed more than 800 Palestinians and 33 Israelis.

The conflict has stirred up huge passions in France — home to the largest Muslim and Jewish communities in western Europe with around five million Muslims and half a million Jews.

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erika9009
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Is that a pic of your girl??  very cute.

Pema_Jampa
by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Yep. She was my flower girl. 

Quoting erika9009:

Is that a pic of your girl??  very cute.


erika9009
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

to stay on topic

If you want to protest, you have to stay peaceful.  As soon as you start breaking anything, you have a public relations nightmare and you have the local government cracking down.

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erika9009
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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So sweet looking

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Yep. She was my flower girl. 

Quoting erika9009:

Is that a pic of your girl??  very cute.


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Erika..

The best things in life are not things.

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