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French Authorities to Crack Down on Protest as 13,000 Police Mobilize for G7 Summit

HeadlineAug 23, 2019

As President Trump departs for Paris this evening to attend the G7 summit, Amnesty International is warning that French authorities have severely restricted public assemblies and enhanced judicial measures to arrest and prosecute protesters. At least 13,000 police will guard the summit, as thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets. The protesters set up an activist training camp ahead of the summit this week, and they’re rejecting claims by French authorities that they’re planning for violence. This is “Laura,” one of the protesters. 

Laura: “I think it depends a lot on what we mean by violence. I mean, what exactly is violence? Is it when thousands of people die by drowning in the sea, because they are hungry, because they do not have a home? Is it when thousands of animals, thousands of species, die when we cut down hectares and hectares of Amazon forests? Or is it when four people break the windows of a bank to protest against this violence? I think we don’t have a real sense of violence, and that’s what interests the same people in power against whom we are fighting.”

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