Demonstrations held in France against planned security law Nov 22, 2020 0 68 12345 dpaParis Several thousand people demonstrated against a planned security law in France on Saturday, with protests taking place in Paris, Lille and Montpellier. The draft legislation, which was passed in part by the National Assembly in a first reading on Friday evening, provides for a penalty for disseminating pictures of security forces.Journalists’ associations and civil rights organizations had called for the protests. They fear massive interference with the freedom of the press. The final vote on the plans is expected early next week.For weeks there has been strong criticism of Article 24 of the planned “global security law,” which is supposed to protect the police.Protests broke out in Paris on Tuesday because of the plans, which, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and police unions, are to serve “to protect those who protect.” Several journalists were detained for a short time.If the new law is passed, the publication of pictures of security officers in action with the aim of injuring the physical or mental well-being of the police officers can be punished with up to one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (53,400 dollars). Also controversial is an article that stipulates that the security forces may carry their weapons when they are not on duty in a public building.The measure was included in the draft law because the bloody terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015, which left 90 dead, included three police officers who were unable to intervene. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES G20 leaders meet online to grapple with Covid-19 fallout Nov 22, 2020 0 532 Pfizer/BioNTech file for emergency approval for virus vaccine Nov 22, 2020 0 416 Trump’s son Don Jr tests positive for Covid-19 Nov 22, 2020 0 407 ‘Numbers don’t lie:’ Walls close in on defiant Trump AFP Washington A defiant Donald Trump again falsely insisted he “won” reelection in his first public appearance for a week Friday, as the US president appeared increasingly isolated over his long-shot bid to stay in .. Hong Kong, Singapore travel bubble popped by virus spike Hong Kong: A planned travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was scrapped a day before its launch on Saturday after the southern Chinese city announced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. The decision is both a blow .. Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Biden on inauguration day Washington: Twitter confirmed on Saturday it will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss. .. Erdogan urges dialogue with EU, says Turkey’s future in Europe Istanbul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called on the European Union for dialogue, warning the bloc not to become a tool for enmity during escalating tensions over the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey’s ..