State of emergency: activists banned from attending protest against new labour law 16.5.16


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"The French authorities have used the anti-terror state of emergency to ban several activists from joining demonstrations against the government's labour reform this week. Unions have planned two days of protest and called strikes in the air transport, road freight, rail and oil sectors.


About a dozen members of two far-left organisations, Action Antifasciste (AFA) and Mouvement Interluttes indépendant (Mili), have received orders banning them from entering Paris's sixth, seventh, 14th and 15th arrondissements on 17 May, the day that a march against the controversial labour bill will pass through those areas.

They are also banned from being on or near the Place de la République, where the Up All Night protesters gather, between 6.00pm that day and 7.00am the next.

In the orders Paris police boss Michel Cadot cites a clause in the state of emergency law, introduced to fight terrorism after the Paris attacks, allowing him to forbid "any person seeking, by whatever means, to hinder the actions of the public authorities" from entering certain areas."

See: France's state of emergency used to ban activists from labour law protests (RFI, link)

And: Etat d'urgence: des militants «interdits de séjour» à la manif contre la loi travail (Libération, link)

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