Parisians Rally Against Islamophobia, Racism Amidst Ban

15:03 - April 23, 2024
News ID: 3488050
IQNA – Hundreds of people gathered in Paris on Sunday to protest against racism, Islamophobia, and violence towards children after a court overturned a ban on the peaceful protest.

Parisians Rally Against Islamophobia, Racism Amidst Ban


This event comes at a time when France is dealing with increased tensions due to international conflicts and internal challenges. The country has seen a rise in restrictions on public demonstrations, especially those related to the Israeli war on Gaza.

Protesters from various backgrounds marched from the diverse Barbes neighborhood to the Place de la Republique. The protest was supported by groups such as the left-wing La France Insoumise and the Solidaires union, who are calling for an end to systemic injustices.

Mathilde Panot, the LFI group's president at the National Assembly, highlighted the importance of the protest: “They wanted to silence this demonstration, but as you can see, we’re here in numbers.”

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The demonstration also brought attention to police violence and expressed solidarity with Gaza. The Paris prefecture's initial ban, citing concerns about possible confrontations and anti-Semitic language, was overturned by the administrative court of Paris, which upheld the right to peaceful assembly.

The event also commemorated Nahel, a 17-year-old of North African heritage, who was shot and killed during a police traffic stop last year, bringing to light issues of police brutality and racial profiling.


Source: Agencies