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France: Arrested for protest: Weaponizing the law to crackdown on peaceful protesters in France

, Index number: EUR 21/1791/2020

Since 2018 large protests took place in France with millions of people demanding social and economic justice. This report details how law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities have in response weaponized criminal law and resorted to vague laws to crackdown on peaceful protesters. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been caught in the maze of the criminal justice system and faced fines, arrests and prosecutions without having committed violent acts. Amnesty International calls on the French authorities to urgently amend the laws and policies that have been used to unduly restrict the rights of peaceful protesters.

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