Sept 23: 100+ Organizations Rally Against Police Violence

Associations, unions and political parties are organizing this march against police violence, the first since the end of the June riots.

Around a hundred associations, unions and Lels parties such as France Insoumise, the CGT and Exctinction Rebellion reaffirmed their call to demonstrate, on Saturday September 23, against police violence and racism, a few months after the urban riots triggered after the death of Nahel, 17, killed by a police officer during a road check on June 27 in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine).

“An unprecedented alliance,” considered LFI MP Aurélie Trouvé during a press conference organized in Paris. The elected official said she wanted a “total overhaul of the police and ambitious public investment plans in all working-class neighborhoods”.

They denounce a “regressive” policy

Among the organizations supporting the march, collectives from working-class neighborhoods, victims of police violence, NGOs such as Attac, Friends of the Earth, left-wing parties such as LFI and ELLV as well as the CGT, FSU and Solidaires unions. “This is the first date [of gathering] after the revolt of the working-class neighborhoods, we have an unprecedented responsibility,” added Pauline Salingue, spokesperson for the NPA. “Racist and homophobic violence must be fought with the greatest firmness,” proclaimed, for his part, Adel Amara, municipal elected official in Val-de-Marne.

In a joint press release, the organizations denounce “a regressive policy which plays into the hands of the extreme right and increasingly tramples on our public freedoms, our social model, our future in the face of ecological collapse”.

In Paris, the demonstration will leave around 2:30 p.m. from Gare du Nord and end at Bastille. Other “unity marches” will be organized on the same day in around fifty cities in France.

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