Protesters in France demonstrate against visit by Egypt’s el-Sissi
Protesters and human rights activists in France demonstrated on Tuesday in Paris against the state visit of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
The protesters chanted against el-Sissi and carried placards that read “Egypt, Human Rights Emergency”.
They were also angry at French President Emmanuel Macron for rolling out the red carpet to the Egyptian leader, whom they view as a human rights abuser.
In recent years, Egypt has cracked down severely on political dissent in the North African country.
Macron welcomed el-Sissi at the Elysee Palace. The leaders held discussions about weapons sales and the conflict in Libya, as well as other regional issues.
The human rights criticism against el-Sissi in France comes as the French government itself has been condemned for police brutality and its anti-Islam stance in recent months.
Thousands of protesters marched in Paris on Saturday, denouncing police violence and the proposed bill that would vaguely criminalize the publication of images of on-duty police officers with an “obvious intention to harm.”
France has been hit by a wave of street protests after the government of Macron introduced a controversial legislation, known as the Global Security Bill, last month.
French police brutality has come to the spotlight last week when a video footage was circulating online, showing the violent arrest of a music producer for not wearing a face mask — required under coronavirus restrictions.