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Thousands of Parisians demonstrated against the pension reform bill


In Paris, more than six thousand people went to Place de la Concorde to protest against the pension reform adopted by the French government on March 16, bypassing Parliament. On this subject informed BFM television channel, citing law enforcement sources.

Parisians, unhappy with the authorities’ decision to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, began gathering in the city center even before the meeting at the National Assembly (lower house of parliament), where the corresponding bill has been examined. Many demonstrators arrived at Place de la Concorde with the flags of the trade unions, which opposed the united front reform.

How said Within the Solidarité trade union, which is at the origin of the protest movement, the rally was initially banned by the Paris police headquarters, but was finally authorized by the court.

By data Le Monde, among the protesters, are not only middle-aged and pre-retirement citizens, but also young people. In particular, representatives of several youth organizations, student unions and political organizations (“Rebel Youth”, “Young Environmental Defenders”, “Young NPA”) came to action.

At around 6:00 p.m. local time, protesters at Place de la Concorde, just in front of the police cordon, started a fire, dragged metal fences from buildings, garbage cans, wooden planks and beams there, writing Release. After that, a police water cannon arrived at the scene of the action.

Later, the situation in the city center began to worsen noticeably, several clashes took place between the demonstrators and the police: some aggressive participants of the rally began to shout insults at the police, throw pyrotechnics and stones on the guards standing in the cordon. The police used pepper spray several times.

An hour after the start of the first clashes between the demonstrators and the security forces, the security forces used tear gas, and also used a car equipped with a water cannon to disperse the crowd and put out a large fire that had been started in front of the cordon. . The police then pushed the protesters out of the square and into the surrounding streets. BFM television channel informedthat the decision to disperse the crowd was taken by order of the Paris police headquarters because of the fire that broke out on the site of the restoration of the Luxor obelisk.

According to the French Ministry of the Interior, quoted by BFM, at 9:30 p.m. local time, the police arrested more than 70 people in the center of Paris.

How Remarks Liberation, the March 16 rallies took place not only in the capital, but also in several other major French cities: Marseille, Rennes, Grenoble, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille and Bordeaux.

The unions are calling on the French people to organize another national demonstration next Thursday, March 23. writing The world.

The French government introduced a bill to raise the retirement age in January. According to the document, the pension increase will begin on September 1, 2023, by 2030 it will reach 64 years. In addition, by 2027, it is planned to increase to 43 years the seniority required to benefit from a full pension.

The pension reform has provoked mass protests in France. The first national strike of several thousand people took place on January 19 and led to clashes between protesters and the police. Authorities say 1.12 million people took part in the protests, the highest number since 2010. Demonstrations also took place in February and March.

On the afternoon of March 16, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born arrived at the National Assembly and announced that the government had decided to use article 49.3 of the constitution, which allows the adoption of a document without a vote of the deputies.

The opposition greeted her with a whistle, the deputies brandished posters against the pension reform. As a result, the meeting had to be suspended, as representatives of leftist parties began to sing the French anthem.

After Born’s speech, Olivier Faure, leader of the Socialist Party, said passing the pension law would cause “uncontrollable anger” in France. In turn, the leader of the Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, declared that the current government was “unworthy of the Fifth Republic and of French democracy”, and the leader of the French right, Marine Le Pen, called the Prime Minister to resign, since his actions are “a slap in the face to democracy”.

Copyright © 2023 The Eastern Herald.

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