Thousands protested across France over a bill that would restrict sharing images of police officers, days after footage surfaced of officers beating a Black man
- Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across
Franceon Saturday over a proposed bill that would restrict the sharing of photos and videos of police officers.
- Critics say the bill would limit
press freedom, while the government says it will protect officers from online calls for violence.
- Video published on Thursday that showed police officers beating up a Black man added to the public outrage.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across France on Saturday over a proposed bill that would restrict the sharing of photos and videos of police officers.
About 46,000 people gathered in
The graphic video, which was shared on social media and quickly spread, showed three officers punching and kicking a music producer named Michel Zecler, who later said the officers were also using racial slurs. Law enforcement is investigating the incident and the involved officers have been suspended.Critics say the police security bill would limit press freedom, while the government says it would protect police officers from online calls for violence and would only apply to images shared with "clear" intent to harm an officer.
Protesters included members of the press as well as students, and were supported by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty
While the demonstrations were largely peaceful, some protesters in Paris threw fireworks and stones at police, broke store windows, and set some cars and a cafe on fire, Reuters reported.
Demonstrators carried signs and chanted slogans, which included "Who will protect us from the police" and "Democracy bludgeoned," according to Reuters. Demonstrators were also reportedly joined by some yellow vest protesters.
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