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Protesters Decry Police Attack on Refugees in Paris as France Debates Law Censoring Images of Police

HeadlineNov 25, 2020

In Paris, crowds gathered Tuesday evening to protest the violent clearing of a refugee camp at the Place de la République Monday. Images of police forcing people out of tents, throwing them to the ground, tear-gassing and chasing them in the street, have rocked the country, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo calling it a “denial of France’s humanitarian duty,” and triggering an official probe by the public prosecutor. Journalists also say they were attacked. The shocking scenes come as France is debating passage of a new law that would increase police powers and criminalize the publication of images of on-duty police. The law recently passed a vote in the National Assembly and will go before the Senate next month.

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