The day after the “non-authorization” of the Parisian demonstration of teachers due to a delay in the filing of a declaration on the part of the organizing unions, the Paris police headquarters specified, Wednesday, January 19, that it wasn’t going to stop the parade.
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In a letter addressed to the trade unions – and of which AFP learned from police sources – the prefect Didier Lallement writes that he does not“will not prevent” the course of this event. He insists he didn’t have it “not prohibited” but that he could not deliver “a receipt” without breaking the law.
The Paris police chief reminds the organizers “than by breaking the law”, they “engage (their) responsibility in particular criminal”.
The teachers’ unions asked on Wednesday, in a joint letter addressed to Prime Minister Jean Castex, to intervene with the prefect of police. They argued that “in practice, the prefecture very frequently accepts late filings”. Failure to issue a receipt does not mean a ban on a demonstration by the police headquarters, a police source told AFP. The bans concern demonstrations presenting dangers, the same source added.
As of Tuesday evening, the prefecture had pointed out that “the prefect of police (…) did not ban the demonstration” but could not “to issue a receipt” to organizers whose prior declaration has not been submitted within “legal deadlines”, namely more than three days before the mobilization day, according to the internal security code. The PP specified that it only received the statement on Tuesday at 12:20 p.m.
Union and political reactions
The FSU, CGT Educ’action, FO and SUD Education unions, as well as the FCPE, the leading parent-teacher organization, and the high school student movements FIDL, MNL and La Voix lycéenne have called for “continue mobilization” after the very well-attended strike on Thursday January 13, by committing “in a new day of action on Thursday, including by strike”.
“The Paris police headquarters refuses to authorize the demonstration organized by the inter-union of Île-de-France. Not content to remain deaf to the anger and demands of national education personnel, the government, through its representative, denies them the right to express it by demonstrating in Paris., had regretted the CGT in a press release on Tuesday.
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The decision of the Paris police headquarters had provoked several political reactions on Wednesday morning, in particular from Delphine Batho, spokesperson for the environmental candidate for the presidential election Yannick Jadot, and the president of the LFI group in the Assembly, Mathilde panot.