Over the last few days, many violent demonstrations have occurred, compromising the safety of citizens, merchants, students, as well as police officers. Some questions were raised regarding police intervention methods.
The SPVM wants to reiterate that it fully respects the right to demonstrate. However, this right, in a democratic society, has to be exercised according to the laws and regulations that prevail.
Furthermore, it remains unacceptable that acts of violence and criminal acts are committed. A demonstration is then declared illegal and all persons have to immediately leave the premises.
What are the signs that a demonstration has been declared illegal?
Why do you not target those who are responsible for disrupting public order, instead of proceeding to the arrest of everyone on the premises?
The SPVM is asking the cooperation of citizens and protestors
The SPVM is aware that groups of individuals seize the opportunity to commit acts of violence during student demonstrations. These individuals take part in demonstrations in order to cause disruption and to force police officers to intervene.
The SPVM is therefore asking demonstrators to be vigilant and to leave the area when they recognize that the demonstration has been declared illegal.
The population can also help the SPVM identify individuals who disrupt demonstrations by committing criminal acts by forwarding any relevant information, photos or videos to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for your cooperation.
Rules for a successful demonstration
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