What I saw today was Parisians ready to take back their city from fear. In multiple ways, people defied attempts to sweep away dissent and insisted on their right to protest, assemble and disagree passionately with their governments. Even if one does not agree with every action that took place, this general atmosphere of defiance is something to celebrate. After all, government response to the climate crisis is wholly inadequate + puts us all in great danger. Obedience in the face of this failure would be tantamount to acquiescence. — Naomi Klein
This is a disgrace and should not be tolerated, French police using tear gas and pepper spray against peaceful climate protesters.
In the turmoil, there is greater opportunity for a terrorist attack, not less.
Once again, we see Police and the State abusing Emergency Powers.
If the Emergency Powers are to be used for targeting activists and peaceful protesters, then they should be scrapped.
To introduce Emergency Powers during the weekend of the Paris atrocities, was the right thing to do, including closing borders. To extend beyond, for at least 3 months, was not necessary, and as we see, open to abuse.
Climate activists have had their homes raided, computers seized, been subject to house arrest.
Police should be spending their time looking for terrorists, preventing terror plots, protecting citizens, not attacking peaceful protesters.
All climate marches have been banned. Whilst on the surface this appears reasonable, scratch a little and it will be seen not to be. A football match will go ahead, a trade fair will got ahead, a Christmas market.
Large gatherings of people are permitted if there is money to be made.