Opposition banned from demonstrating
What can only be called State repression was in force in France on February 12, as attempts by opponents of Taubira's Law to hold a demonstration were thwarted by the Prefect.
Several articles at La Manif pour Tous website give details:
Although the demonstration scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at place Édouard Herriot had been duly declared on February 7, that same day a decree from the Paris Prefect banned it, but the notice was not made public until 9:40 p.m. on the eve of the event!
The organizers of the demonstration could not help but realize, after the voting in the National Assembly, that the opponents of the bill no longer had the possibility to freely express themselves on the Taubira law: the ban was confirmed at the end of the afternoon.
Note: The demonstrators had planned on taking a "citizens' vote" outside the National Assembly, to emphasize the people's opposition to the bill.
What was the excuse given by the police to ban the rally against Taubira's bill?
They said that an association with the crazy name of "Gouines comme un camion" had contacted the traffic and security departments to inform them of their intent to demonstrate the same day and at the same place in protest of the "citizen's vote" rally.
La Manif pour Tous says this is impossible because "Gouines comme un camion" had already announced on the social networks that it would be meeting at 7:30 p.m., 2 rue Aristide Briand. Hence, a different time, a different place.
Note: "Gouines comme un camion" means "Lesbians like a truck". But I don't know what that means.
In addition to this action by the police, there was an act of cyber-terrorism at the Manif pour Tous website, resulting in a breakdown of the online petition. So those who intended to sign the document can no longer do so online. However, you have until February 28 to mail it in.
Another Manif pour Tous is scheduled for Sunday March 24 in Paris.