French Court Upholds Police Ban on Pro-Palestinian Protest Planned in Paris for Saturday – Report

Fearing a repetition of clashes during a similar situation in 2014, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin had asked the police to prohibit a pro-Palestinian rally in Paris this weekend over the conflict with Israel.

The police ban on a pro-Palestinian protest scheduled for Saturday in Paris was upheld by a French court on Friday, Agency France Presse reported, citing organizers.

Following Israel’s latest attacks on the Gaza Strip, the Paris police prefecture released an order on Thursday prohibiting a rally scheduled in the French capital as part of the worldwide pro-Palestinian weekend rallies.

“I have asked the Paris police chief to ban the protests on Saturday linked to the recent tensions in the Middle East,” the interior minister said on Twitter.

According to the report, activists organized the demonstration in the Barbes district of northern Paris to protest Israel’s use of force in Gaza in response to rocket barrages launched at the Jewish state by Hamas’ armed wing. They reportedly aim to appeal the ruling.

“Serious disturbances to public order were seen in 2014,” Darmanin added, referring to protests during Israel’s previous war in Gaza, which it called “Operation Protective Edge.” He called on police chiefs across France to remain cautious in the face of new protests.

The protest organizers, on the other hand, said they had no plans to cancel Saturday’s action.

“We refuse to silence our solidarity with the Palestinians, and we will not be prevented from demonstrating,” a translation of the Association of Palestinians in the Ile-de-France capital region statement reads.

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