Marches against the Global Security Act were held in 70 French cities

The demonstrations were able to mobilise 133,000 people

Thousands of demonstrators took part on Saturday in protests in 70 French cities against the Global Security Act, the provisions of which effectively prohibit photography and videotaping of police and gendarmerie officers. The mass marches were organised by journalists’ unions, the League for the Defence of Human Rights and other public associations.

According to official data, the protest marches that took place under the slogan “Put down your weapon and we’ll put the cameras down!” were able to mobilise 133,000 people. One week ago, similar demonstrations against a controversial bill that, according to its critics, “promotes impunity for police violence” gathered 22,000 participants in various regions.