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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL un autre futur - BDS demonstration prohibited (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:42:55 +0300

The Montpellier prefecture has prohibited the demonstration against the annexation of Palestinian territories by Israel which was to take place on June 27 at 4.30 p.m. We were signatories of the call to demonstrate, we share with you the press release that was written in response to this decision. ---- By prohibiting the demonstration of BDS France Montpellier, the Montpellier prefecture opposes the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in matters of freedom of expression. ---- The BDS France Montpellier Campaign has declared in good and due form an event for June 27, 2020 at 4.30 p.m. from the Place de la Comédie. The object of the demonstration mentioned in the declaration: "Stop the annexation of the Jordan Valley and respect for international law by Israel". The call for this event is co-signed by: "AFPS 34 (Association France Palestine Solidarité), APLR (Association des Palestineiens LR), ATTAC Montpellier, BDS France Montpellier, CCIPPP34 (International Civil Campaign for the Protection of the Palestinian People), CIMADE, CNT ESS34, Ensemble 34, FUIQP (United Front of Popular Neighborhoods and Immigration), Libre Pensée Montpellier, MAN (Movement for a Non-violent Alternative), NPA (New Anticapitalist Party), PG (Left Party) , UCL (Union Communiste Libertaire),

The BDS France Montpellier Campaign, an anti-racist, non-violent and popular movement, has been the subject of constant harassment since 2015 by the City of Montpellier and the prefecture. More than fifteen minutes, more than twenty hearings at the police station, reminders of the law (for unfounded acts), defamation complaint (filed without result), two trials at the police court (two acquittals! ), destruction of the BDS marquee (10/17/2015), confiscation of the marquee and 2 tables, not returned to date (March 7, 2020) - non-exhaustive list...

The exposure of Israeli apartheid, violations of international law and human rights and the call for a boycott of Israel are the causes of this harassment.

The first ban on demonstrations on October 31, 2015 was already based on this main "recital": Extract:

It should be known that on June 11, 2020 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concluded that the conviction of 11 activists for their campaign actions calling for the boycott of Israeli products violated their right to freedom of expression. It restored the right to call for a boycott of Israel and condemned France for the violation of freedom of expression to pay more than € 7,000 per applicant.

One would have thought that the services of the Prefecture of Hérault would be attentive to this verdict. This is not the case since the ban on the demonstration on Saturday June 27, 2020 mentions as a "recital" specific to BDS France Montpellier that it disseminates (...) "information containing slogans hostile to the State of Israel generating disturbances to public order. "(...)

The conviction of activists who boycotted Israeli products in a store was punished for freedom of expression by the ECHR.

After banning the demonstration, will the Hérault prefecture prosecute the demonstrators whose slogan "hostile" is: "Stop the annexation of the Jordan Valley and respect for international law by Israel"? Should we remind the prefecture that the annexation of the Jordan Valley is unanimously condemned by the UN, the EU and France.

Last minute: The prefecture has just sent its police to notify the homes of the 3 signatories of the declaration of demonstration and to an activist who is usually targeted (!) The ban on demonstrations, insisting on the penalties incurred (criminal) in case of transgression by anyone present on the premises. Under these conditions not wanting to expose anyone to police and judicial repression, BDS France Montpellier has decided to cancel the demonstration this Saturday, June 27 and will fix the date of a new demonstration very soon be assured.

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