Seized by several unions, the judge of summary proceedings of Council of State announced in a statement this Monday, July 6, the suspension of the prior authorization necessary to demonstrate. According to a decree of June 14, demonstrations of less than 5,000 people were allowed provided they obtained the approval of the prefect of the department in which they were to take place.
The judge of the summary proceedings of the Council of State suspends the obligation to obtain an authorization before organizing a demonstration… https://t.co/mtMatlaDGS
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On the other hand, the administrative judge considers that “The ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people, which remains unchanged in the decree of May 31, remains justified in view of the health situation to date”.
Regarding this measure providing for a prior authorization request, the administrative judge declares that it relates “Disproportionate interference with freedom to demonstrate” :
“The obligation to obtain an authorization before organizing a demonstration on the public highway thus created is excessive. “He stressed in particular that no deadline had been provided for by the decree concerning the prefect’s response to this request, and that the organizers of the demonstrations could not necessarily appeal to the judge in time.
The hour of revolt against police violenceOn June 2, the demonstration against police violence “Justice for Adama”, banned upstream by the Prefecture of Police, had gathered 20,000 participants in Paris, exceeding the ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people.