May 24, 2022

The Prefecture of Police bans the Parisian demonstration of teachers on Thursday

The Paris Police Prefecture has banned the Parisian demonstration of several teachers’ union organizations scheduled for Thursday January 20 to demand “strong answers” face au « chaos » generated by the health crisis, the request having been made ” out of time “, we learned, Tuesday, January 17, from concordant sources.

“The prefect of police.” (…) did not ban the demonstration”, he could not “to issue a receipt” to the organisers: their prior declaration was not submitted within the “legal deadlines”, namely more than three days before the day of mobilization, according to articles L211-1 and L211-2 of the internal security code, underlined the institution in a communicated. The Prefecture of Police, which says it only received the statement on Tuesday at “12:20”, invites the organizers to “drawing the consequences of the law”. The organizers of a prohibited demonstration incur, according to the penal code, six months’ imprisonment and a fine of 7,500 euros.

Participants risk a fine of 135 euros. According to a source familiar with the matter, “they were counting on each other to make the declaration, suddenly they are out of time”.

The Unitary Trade Union Federation (FSU), the national union of Educ’action trade unions of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), Force Ouvrière (FO) and the SUD-Education federation, as well as the Federation of Parents’ Councils (FCPE), the leading organization of parents of students, and the Independent and Democratic High School Federation (FIDL), the National High School Movement (MNL) and La Voix lycéenne called for “continue mobilization” after the very well-attended strike last Thursday, by committing “in a new day of action on Thursday, including by strike”.

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“The Paris police headquarters refuses to authorize the demonstration organized by the inter-union of Ile-de-France. Not content to remain deaf to the anger and demands of national education personnel, the government, through its representative, denies them the right to express it by demonstrating in Paris., regrets the CGT in a press release. The trade union confederation judges this decision of the prefect of police “unacceptable” and “demands that the constitutional right to demonstrate be respected”.

FSU ‘demands the ban be lifted’

“After a successful demonstration, on January 13, the Prefecture of Police prohibited the expression of the demands of the personnel following the announcements made by the Prime Minister (…). The FSU strongly protests and demands that the ban on demonstrations be lifted”, the organization asked in a statement.

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Faced with this ban on demonstrations, the FO union says « mainten[ir] [son] wish to gather in front of the Ministry of Education, that same day, Thursday”. “The reason for this refusal being the non-respect of the too short deadlines between our request and the date of the event, we would like to point out that the deadlines were even shorter between the decision to put in place the last health protocol in the establishments. and its application », writes the trade union confederation in a press release.

A graceful appeal was sent by the unions. According to a source familiar with the matter, “They were counting on each other to make the declaration, suddenly they are out of time. So the demonstration is prohibited.. And if they come anyway, “it’s a crime”, we warn.

The World with AFP