France state of emergency protest draws thousands

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Thousands gathered in Paris to condemn France’s continued implementation of state of emergency laws, which they described as a government “coup”.

Saturday’s protest in the French capital drew demonstrators as varied as anarchists and undocumented migrant workers, among others – all of whom shared concerns that the emergency measures unnecessarily empowered security forces.

Backed by the new powers, authorities have carried out about 3,400 raids on mosques, homes, and businesses with more than 300 people placed under house arrest.

The French government extended the state of emergency in February, saying the threat of “terrorist violence remained very high”.

Activist Yasser Louati, from the Collective Against Islamophobia, told Al Jazeera the government was pushing forward with “counterproductive” strategies despite having no proof that they worked.

“There have been only four inquiries [since November] directly linking people with terrorism, meaning this is a permanent state of emergency and a permanent coup,” he said.

Read more at www.aljazeera.com

The BBC did not cover this story and the state of emergency may never go away.(Forsooth)

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