Paris bans ‘freedom convoys’ — Analysis

Canada-style Covid protests are prohibited within the French capital, police have introduced

The Paris authorities on Thursday issued an order prohibiting Canada-style ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstrations over the weekend. The ban will run from February 11 to 14.

The edict got here as 1000’s of motorists took to the street on Wednesday and headed within the path of Paris to reveal in opposition to authorities’s Covid insurance policies – specifically the vaccination cross.

“The acknowledged goal of those demonstrators is to ‘block the Capital’ – by obstructing street site visitors within the streets of Paris to advertise their calls for, earlier than persevering with their journey in direction of Brussels on Monday February 14,” a press launch from the police headquarters learn. 

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The police cite an elevated “threat of public order disturbances that this gathering may trigger” as their motive for banning any Canada-style protests.

The authorities will impose heavy penalties for many who are “obstructing or hindering a street open to public site visitors.” The misdemeanor carries a penalty of two years’ imprisonment and a tremendous of €4,500 ($5,150).

Organizing such an illustration is punishable by six months’ imprisonment and a tremendous of €7,500.
The police additionally introduced {that a} “particular system” will likely be utilized by the authorities to forestall the convoy from coming into town.

French protesters have seemingly been impressed however the Canadian truckers’ protest. The Canadian Freedom Convoy has introduced elements of Ottawa and different strategic elements of Canada to a standstill.

It began as an illustration in opposition to vaccine mandates for cross-border truck drivers, however has grown right into a broader protest in opposition to restrictions.

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