France: Parisians march against permanent state of emergency

Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris and rallied at Republic Square, Sunday, to protest against a new anti-terror draft law which they saw as an extension of the current state of emergency. Deputy of the First District of Seine-Saint-Denis Eric Coquerel noted that under the current state of emergency «protests have become 'demonstration zones' where everyone is... Еще searched at the entrance, guarded.» «This raises questions about democracy in this country,» he told the rally. Under the slogan 'no to the permanent state of emergency,' several groups and labour organisations joined the protest, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), social justice association Attac and the Right to Housing Association (DAL). France has been under the state of emergency since November 2015, following the deadly Paris attack which left a death toll of 130 people. Last July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his plans to lift the state of emergency laws by November 2017. He has since introduced an anti-terror draft law which protesters claim possess similar measures as the state of emergency.

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