Pro-Palestinian Demonstration in Paris: Police Fear Uncontrolled Gatherings

The Prefecture of Police in Paris is preparing for a pro-Palestinian demonstration that is currently forbidden. The organizers of the protest, scheduled to take place in the center of the capital on Saturday, October 28, 2023, are awaiting the decision of the judge from the administrative court of Paris. However, the services of Laurent Nuñez are already anticipating that the demonstration will take place regardless of the decision.

The lawyer Elsa Marcel invites the protesters to gather at 2:30 pm at Place du Châtelet, expecting hundreds of thousands of people to march in the streets of London, Madrid, Amsterdam, and of course, Paris. Marcel states that “Today more than ever, Paris stands with Gaza.”

In a decree signed on Friday, October 27, allowing the use of drones in the capital on Saturday, the Prefecture of Police indicates that despite the ban on demonstrations, it is highly likely that a procession will form to move from Châtelet to Place de la République. The decree mentions that there is a serious risk that the route of the procession and its surroundings may become the scene of unauthorized gatherings.

According to a report from Europe 1 that has been reviewed, between 10,000 and 15,000 people could participate in this demonstration. The authorities are concerned about the route chosen by the protesters, as they would pass through the boulevards of Sébastopol and Strasbourg Saint-Denis before heading towards République. This route includes several “Jewish places of worship” such as synagogues and the Israelite Center of Montmartre, which could be targeted.

Europe 1 also reports that the Prefecture is worried about this route due to the population that frequents these areas, including many unaccompanied minors, marginalized individuals, and a large Muslim population.

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