Police hit the pavement at the Champs-Élysées against “polishat”

Police on Friday morning demonstrated in Paris at the call of several unions, including the Alliance and UNSA police, to condemn the government’s attitude to them, as well as the surrounding climate they describe as “anti-cop hatred.”

Several police unions demonstrated in Paris on Friday, June 12, driving down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in the direction of the Department of the Interior, to express their dissatisfaction with the government’s attitude towards them, as well as the climate they describe as “anti-cop hatred,” noted an AFP journalist.

About twenty cars went down to the Champs-Élysées in the direction of Place Beauvau, where the Ministry of the Interior is, behind a banner showing “no police, no peace”. The rally, which defies the ban on assembly that is still in effect, follows Christophe Castaner’s announcement on Monday, June 8. The police demonstrated at the trade union alliance, Synergie, SICP and Unsa.

A minute of silence was observed as the Interior Ministry and the Élysée Palace approached, in tribute to the police who died or were injured in service. The protesters then sang the Marseillaise.

“Police are not racist, police are Republican”

“It’s not just the interior minister […]We came to President Macron that he must support, respect, consider his police […]The police are not racist, the police are Republican […], she does not choose her crime, she does not choose what criminal color […]and it saves lives, regardless of the individual’s skin color, “said Fabien Vanhemelryck, Secretary of the Alliance.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner received some of the trade unions on Thursday, June 11 and must still get, on Friday, June 12, to try to calm his anger after his statements on Monday about police violence.

Facing allegations of violence and racism directed at the French police, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Monday advocated “zero tolerance” against racism. He also announced that the controversial technique of “strangling” the arrest had ceased and cited a systematic shutdown of police officers in the event of “proven suspicion” about acts or racist remarks.

Trade unions condemn “stigma”

These ministerial decisions, taken in conjunction with demonstrations against police brutality following George Floyd’s death in the US, catalyze police anger. The unions condemn a “stigma” and accuse the Minister in particular of having announced this ban without establishing an alternative method.

“The police are now released by their hierarchy,” responded the President of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, who went to a police station in Villeneuve-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine) on Friday

At the end of the day on Thursday, angry police rallies took place in several cities in France, during which participants symbolically threw their handcuffs on the ground.


With AFP and Reuters