“Symbolic” demonstration in Argentan against the use of 49-3

“Symbolic” demonstration in Argentan against the use of 49-3

There were more than twenty of them at the gathering. ©Benoît Lesaulnier

“Don’t expect many. Some 25 protesters met in the courtyard of the town hall of Argentan (Orne) on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The third meeting of this kind since the beginning of the school year, this time to condemn the double application of Article 49-3 of the Constitution.

Gathering in Orne only

Flags and banners were waved, communist militants and rebels decided to organize a centralized action in Argentan. “It is a demonstration initiated by the communists. It is important that we combine our two forces to weigh politically,” argues Rémi Fortier, a rebel activist.

Similar gatherings were held in the other departments of Normandy. “In Orne, we have decided to keep this demonstration, which remains symbolic, but whose aim is to fight against the abuses of the government,” defends Nicolas Ledentu, ministerial secretary of the Communist Party.

“Democracy Scorned”

Activists also condemn the lack of respect for the MPs who worked on the amendments. “It is an admission of the government’s weakness,” continues Rémi Fortier.

Communist Party section secretary Yannick Alphonse condemned “democracy in disrepute” in a speech to supporters.

“With every abuse of the law, there will be more of us,” the speakers encouraged.

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