A dozen deputies from La France Insoumise (LFI) defied a ban on a memorial rally for Adama Traoré in Paris on Saturday and turned up for the rally, staunchly resisting the police prefecture’s decision.
After the ban on a demonstration in Val-d’Oise to mark seven years since the death of Adama Traoré, who died shortly after being stopped by the police in July 2016, a demonstration on Place de la République in Paris in memory of the 24- Even the one-year-old was banned in the context of the recent unrest.
“Macron had promised 100 days of peace. By banning demonstrations, […] France is now on the edge of democracy,” said Seine-Saint-Denis deputy Eric Coquerel, who was present at the march.
“From bans to repression, from Pétain to current values, the head of the republican arc is leading France into a regime we have already seen. Danger. Danger,” LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon tweeted earlier.
The presidential camp has once again accused LFI of trying to inflame tensions.
Government spokesman Olivier Véran has criticized the organizations for planning demonstrations in major cities that have not yet recovered from the rampage
“You are always on the side of disorder, against the rule of law. You have never called for calm,” lamented Maud Bregeon, Renaissance MP for Hauts-de-Seine, denouncing a “separatist logic” on the part of La France Insoumizza.
Around thirty other demonstrations were organized this Saturday in France against police violence and for “the safeguarding of public and individual liberties”.