Thousands Protest in France Against Islamophobia Bill

Published December 13th, 2020 - 09:02 GMT
A protester holds a sign showing the French President Emmanuel Macron as a virus during a demonstration in Paris on december 12, 2020, against the 'global security' draft law. It is the third weekend of demonstrations in France during protests against a security bill currently going through French parliament, that would restrict publication of pictures showing the faces of police. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP
A protester holds a sign showing the French President Emmanuel Macron as a virus during a demonstration in Paris on december 12, 2020, against the 'global security' draft law. It is the third weekend of demonstrations in France during protests against a security bill currently going through French parliament, that would restrict publication of pictures showing the faces of police. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

After the controversial law on global security and the massive protest against it, the French government has approved another controversial bill, this time called: "law on separatism", provoking another popular protest.

France's Prime Minister Castex openly said that this bill targets what he called radical Islam, enemy of the Republic. President Emmanuel Macron has promoted the bill to target separatists undermining the nation.

A rarely seen police cordon surrounded the demonstration entirely, from the beginning till the end. Every hundred meters, the police charged the demonstration and made arrests. Some were wounded.

Macron had said that the presumed radical black block has to be destroyed. Therefore the police had clear orders: zero tolerance. However, this time the violence did not come from the demonstrators.

Human rights groups have raised concerns over the law, saying it would discriminate and stigmatize French Muslims.

 

The bill in question requires that everyone strictly respects the French republican principles of secularism, whatever that might mean.

The funding of Muslim associations and mosques will be closely monitored. The main association in defense of Muslims, the CCIF, was dissolved. All organizations will have to sign a declaration on secularism if they want to receive funds from the state. In case of non-compliance, they would have to refund the money.

The proposed bill will be discussed in the French parliament and members of the majority party already declared that they want to modify the text; some want to soften it, while others want it to be even more repressive.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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