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France: protests against police violence

Demonstrations are taking place in France against a new bill restricting the right of citizens to film police officers on duty. During the protests, it came to riots. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the demonstrations on Saturday. The anger of the protesters was fueled by surveillance footage of police officers beating music producer Michel Zeckler in his studio.

Trust requires transparency

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the police are partly to blame for the recent increasingly violent peaceful protests in France:

“The cases of police violence, recorded in this year alone, allow us to conclude that we are no longer talking about isolated excesses. Of course, most police officers in France do their job for the public good. However, some of the police seem to believe they have the right to administer justice — or what they believe to be — with their own hands. In order for such servants of the law not to go unpunished and so that such attacks do not become the norm, citizens should have the right to record cases of police violence on video. Indeed, in order for the public to trust the police, the activities of the latter must be transparent.“

This is what democracy looks like according to Macron

The brutal attack on Michel Zeller opened people's eyes, according to the weekly Dromos this Aristeras:

“Many police officers have received the green light from Macron to take to the streets — and suppress the protest of the 'yellow vests'. For their merits, they were rewarded with an incredible security law, which, among other things, prohibits citizens of the country from filming law enforcement officials on duty! Now more and more people understand why the “parliamentary majority”, which is so far from the people, adopts such laws. As the recent anti-government demonstrations and the fury with which Macron's youngsters suppressed them have shown, the era of agreement with the government with one or another reservations has sunk into oblivion. ... Zekler is not just a sad accident, his example is a pattern. Elite and democracy are two incompatible things.”

This is a crisis of state power

The power of the state is becoming more and more eroded, says Le Figaro:

“Government departments are powerless in the face of specific threats from the point of view of security, and they are trying to compensate for this weakness, which cannot but worry us, through zeal in legislative activity. ... From the point of view of any sane person, fundamental civil liberties are being violated; the Supreme Administrative Court came to the same opinion. ... The concern should be caused not so much by Article 24 as by the very crisis of state power that has gripped the country. A policeman who dishonors his uniform and a demonstrator who, with his aggressive actions, discredits the demonstration is the most striking symptoms of this phenomenon. However, no less blame lies with the state itself and its indecision against the background of daily violence, failure in education — and the erosion of social behavior in society. ... If the authority of the state is based solely on decrees and decrees, then in practice this leads to the complete disappearance of discipline.”

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