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Hundreds Attend Pro-Palestine Rally in Paris Despite Ban

© AP Photo / Pavel GolovkinPeople wave Palestinian flags during a pro-Palestinian rally
People wave Palestinian flags during a pro-Palestinian rally - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 13.10.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of central Paris on Thursday in support of the Palestinian people despite a ban by the Paris Police Prefecture, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
The demonstrators gathered in the Place de la Republique carrying Palestinian flags and banners reading "Stop Israel!" They were also chanting "Israel is a killer!" and "We are all Palestinians."
Numerous police squads are guarding the square.
The correspondent reported that Paris police used water cannons and tear gas approximately one and a half hours later to disperse the rally and force people out of the square. The Motorized Brigades for the Repression of Violent Action (BRAV-M) also arrived at the square, where they began to pursue the protesters and use batons against them.

French broadcaster BFMTV reported, citing the city's prefecture, that as many as ten participants of the rally were detained, and 24 others were fined.

Earlier in the day, French media reported that French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin had sent instructions to prefects calling for a ban on any demonstrations in support of Palestine in the country. On Wednesday, French broadcaster BFMTV reported that Paris' police prefect Laurent Nunez had issued a decree banning pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris due to a threat to public order.
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Earlier in the week, French authorities prohibited pro-Palestinian rallies in Lyon and Marseille, but hundreds of people still took to the streets. Police used tear gas to disperse the rallies, people said on social media.
On October 7, Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip, prompting Israel to declare a state of war the following day and launch retaliatory strikes. On Monday, Israel ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food and fuel. Both Israel and Palestine have reported over 1,000 deaths and thousands of injuries as a result of the escalation.