Convoy of freedom in France: 97 arrests, 513 fines, according to the prefecture of police of Paris
Steph Deschamps / February 12, 2022
The demonstrators of the freedom convoys marched Saturday in confusion around the Place de l'Étoile and on the Champs-Élysées, pushed back by the police for several hours. They did not succeed in blocking Paris, but they demonstrated until late Saturday evening.
The cars, campers and motorcycles planned to block traffic were quickly evacuated from the avenue and only groups of protesters on foot remained.
The prefecture of police of Paris announced on Twitter that it makes diligent an administrative investigation after the diffusion of a video filmed Saturday during a prohibited demonstration of the convoys of the freedom in Paris.
On these images broadcast on the TF1 8pm news, we see a policeman pointing his service weapon at the driver of a car, after a chase at the Arc de Triomphe.
The white car is decorated with a tricolor flag and its driver does not seem to want to stop, despite the injunctions of police officers present in a police car with flashing lights. The diffusion of this video is, since, polemic on the social networks.
97 people have been arrested in Paris and 513 tickets have been issued, according to the Paris police, who gave this Sunday on Twitter a global assessment of the banned demonstrations of the self-proclaimed convoys of freedom.
According to the prosecutor's office, at 6am, 81 people were in custody, including Jerome Rodrigues, one of the faces of the movement of yellow vests, and active support of anti-pass convoys. He was placed in custody for organization of prohibited demonstration and participation in a group formed to commit violence, according to a judicial source.
The prefecture of police of Paris also indicates that in the night of Saturday to Sunday, the forces of order intervened in the sector of the Champs-Élysées and the wood of Boulogne to penalize and disperse the participants in a prohibited demonstration.
Checkpoints are still in place this Sundayon various roads in the capital, adds the police prefecture. The watchword of the organizers of the anti-pass convoys is to take the road around 10 am to join Brussels where a large rally is planned Monday. But, according to a police source, not all participants should follow this order.
Some demonstrators mentioned new freedom convoys in Paris on March 6 and in Strasbourg on March 19.