Paris Face Second Weekend of Protests, Violence Over Controversial Security Law - Socialnetworktrends
The law came under harsh criticism as a threat to freedom of the press, and was seen as a way to undermine efforts to document police brutality. Any offender could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to €45,000 (or $54,000).
Ahead of the protests on Saturday, the U.S. Embassy issued a security alert, warning that "similar demonstrations in Paris turned violent last weekend."
"In case of violence or property damage, French authorities may use chemical agents and water cannons to disperse crowds," the notice stated.
Protests began peacefully on Saturday, but groups of rioters dressed in black and wearing face coverings began to launch projectiles at police. Police responded by firing tear gas.
Members of the anti-government Yellow Vest movement took part in the demonstrations, Al Jazeera reported. Some shouted, “Everyone hates the police.”
Rioters smashed in windows of supermarkets and broke into a bank, while others set cars on fire along Avenue Gambetta on their way to the central Place de la Republique.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that 22 people were detained over the incidents.
Members of President Emmanuel Macron’s party have promised to “completely” rewrite part of the new law, however.