hundreds of police gathered in Paris, Tuesday, 1st November, in the evening, in front of the pyramid of the Louvre. The protesters intended to mark their distrust of the government, but also their unions, unable, according to them, to bring their claims. In civilian clothes, sometimes with a cuff orange ” police “, they waved placards on which one could read ” the police are out of breath “, “touch not my policy,” or ” I’m a cop and proud of it “. Patrols of passage have turned on their siren in solidarity with the rally, causing the cheers of the protesters.
During the protest, a dozen police officers were symbolically burned sheets of paper marked ” union card “, before leaving in procession in the streets of Paris. Motivated by their distrust vis-à-vis the unions that ” have negotiated in our name but without us. It wants to be received by the government. It will continue until we are heard, we, the small police officers on the street “, has launched a rebellious through a megaphone during a stop in front of the prefecture of police.
A budget of 250 million euros to calm the police
Since October 17, police officers claiming non-political, and outside trade unions have protested to demand more resources, harsher penalties to their attackers, and a revision of the rules of self-defence. The sling is part of the paris region after the attack of October 8, the Molotov cocktail against police officers in Viry-Châtillon, but quickly expanded to the whole of the country.
To try to calm this mobilization, the government announced a week ago a budget of 250 million euros for renewal of the material, the end of tasks “undue” as the guards static in front of the buildings, the alignment of penalties for “insults” against the forces of order with those of the magistrates who will thus be increased from six months to one year of imprisonment and measures to preserve the anonymity of the police officers in the framework of the procedures or intervention. It must also do so by the end of November proposals to the Parliament on ” the conditions of evolution of the self-defence “.
It must be that the government ” understands the discomfort deep “
” The government has sought to buy peace with money, it’s moving forward, but he must understand that the malaise is deep. It is necessary that all police officers be united, and unions are too often the side of power. They think of them prior to the general interest, ” said a keeper of the peace in the Val-de-Marne, who prefers to remain anonymous. This is why the protests continue, and continue to mobilize. In the paris region, the unprecedented gathering was attended by more than 400 police officers in front of the chateau of Versailles on Friday night.
In Bordeaux, thirty police officers conducted Tuesday a brief coup-de-poing at mid-day. A procession of a dozen cars, all sirens blaring, parked in front of the Grand Theatre, in the pedestrian centre. The officials, in uniform for the most part, are posted at the cord in front of their vehicles for five minutes approximately before going back to the motorcade, sirens activated. Monday night, about 500 people, of which around half were police officers, were also collected in Béziers.