The police did décolèrent not after the remarks of their minister in the beginning of the week. They increased the number of symbolic actions, and their unions seem to have recognised the divorce with Christophe Castaner.
Then meetings were held Thursday and Friday at the ministry of the Interior, the leaders of the trade unions made a direct appeal to the president of the Republic so that it receives :
They were a few dozens of police officers gathered place Beauvau for a symbolic action, having blocked a part of the Champs-Elysées with vehicles displaying their truths : the forces of order also have many wounded in their ranks, the police republican represents all the diversity of the country, and a slogan “No police, no peace,” – which recalls the “No justice, no peace,” protesters against police violence.
The police unions ” écoeurés “
In a place of power usually denied to any social protest, the representatives of Alliance National Police, the UNSA police or Synergy Officers were of the view that it is now the head of State to take the hand, recalled that the statements of the minister were on the orders of Emmanuel Macron.
They have denounced ” the drop of water that makes the vase overflow “, this “presumption of guilt” that Christophe Castaner imposed on them, in a social climate strained for months :
But on Saturday, the forces of order will have to once again face the challenge.
Cafes and shops are closed in Paris
Protests against police violence and racism are, in fact, announced this Saturday in many cities of France. Some prefects, as in Lyon or Nantes, took orders of prohibition.
This is not the case in Paris, where the police prefect Didier Lallement, who, however, is not known for its laxity, has published this Friday a press release a little strange that begins with his words : “to deal with the risk of gatherings, including the prefect of police reminds us that they are not allowed if they exceed more than ten people… “. The event, which will start at 14: 30 to the place of the Republic, therefore, is neither prohibited, nor permitted.
This Friday afternoon always, the “risk rally” interested already 18600 people only on the page Facebook of the event, signed by eighteen organizations !
The prefect of Paris, therefore, ordered the closing of shops, cafés and restaurants on Saturday afternoon between the place de la République and the place de l’opéra, and asked their owners to ” put in place a means of protection “. And this, while stating that ” these measures may be lifted on a case-by-case basis (…) in function of the evolution of the situation “.
The Mayor of Paris has been asked to remove “all objects that can serve as projectiles” and secure the construction sites on the route.