The Paris administrative court, seized in summary proceedings, suspended on Friday December 1st the order of the prefect of police taken to prohibit a demonstration planned for the same day, at 7 p.m.in homage to Thomas, who was stabbed to death at the end of a village ball in Crépol (Drôme).
The court considered that a “general ban on demonstrations” was not justified as it was, even in the presence of risks of “major disturbances to public order”. “On the one hand, the judges of the summary proceedings consider that the risk that the holding of the declared demonstration undermines respect for the dignity of the human person and that criminal offenses are committed does not appear sufficient to justify the ban imposed. by the police chief »develops the press release published by the administrative court.
The latter also adds that“it has not been established that the police headquarters would not be able to ensure the maintenance of public order”. The court recalled that only 1,000 demonstrators were expected, monitored by at least 250 members of the police and the possible use of a drone.
Police prefect Laurent Nuñez confirmed on Wednesday that he wanted to ban a gathering planned for Friday evening in the heart of Paris, and launched at the call of a small ultra-right group in tribute to young Thomas. “We have rallies which have been announced, one in front of the Sorbonne, at the call of a certain number of ultra-right organizations. Obviously I’m going to ban it.”had justified the senior official on the sidelines of a press conference on the security of the 2024 Olympics.
The gathering planned for Friday evening was launched by Les Natifs, one of the heirs of Génération Identitaire, dissolved in March 2021. Initially planned in front of the Sorbonne, it was moved to Place du Panthéon, the small group announced Wednesday evening on the networks.
“Renewal of ultra-right rallies”
Since the death of Thomas, 16, stabbed at the end of a village ball in Crépol (Drôme), a tragedy for which nine young people were indicted, calls to demonstrate in France from ultra-right groups have multiplied on social networks.
Last weekend, around a hundred hooded activists from different towns demonstrated violently in the streets of Romans-sur-Isère with the aim of “undo” with young people from the Monnaie district, where several of those implicated in Thomas’ death come from.
Monday evening, eight people were also arrested, suspected of having participated in an undeclared procession in the city center of Lyon. Finally, in Paris, six members of the hooligan movement affiliated with the ultra-right, including four on S files, were arrested Monday evening during a gathering of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) supporters.
“There is a resurgence of ultra-right gatherings also in Paris. We are extremely attentive”, the prefect had insisted. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced Tuesday that he was requesting the dissolution of three small ultra-right groups, including the Martel Division.
The World with AFP