Apr 182013
Frigide Barjot (à gauche), porte-parole de La Manif pour tous, et Christian Jacob, chef de file des députés UMP, lors d'une manifestation aux abords de l'Assemblée, le 17 avril.

Arrested Wednesday night after incidents for the expression of same-sex marriage opponents near the National Assembly, 12 people have been placed in custody, announced Thursday, April 18, the prefecture of police of Paris.

These 12 people are in police custody for "voluntary violence on public officials with weapons by destination", "voluntary degradation" and "rebellion", said the prefecture of police of Paris in a press release. They had been arrested after the incidents Wednesday night, when "various projectiles" had been thrown on the police who were blocking access to the Assembly, and "various damage" had been committed, according to the prefecture.

While the event, which brought together between 2,400 people according to the police and 8,000 according to "Demonstration for all" collective, was allowed until 10 p.m., a few hundred people persisted in wanting to stay on the premises. Some have then attempted to do battle with the forces of order and force the dams installed in front of the street leading to the Assembly.


Protesters threw flares, bottles and stones at riot police, and broke the Windows of a car. In total, three police officers were slightly injured as a result of these incidents and two cars degraded fonts, as well as several private, public and urban furniture. "These incidents are caused by extreme right groups who infiltrate the demonstration but also force is seen, by some activists opposed to marriage for all", said the prefecture of police of Paris.

At the beginning of the event, 24 counter-demonstrators, "which came clearly to do battle" with cries of "No Fascists in our neighborhoods", were also arrested. Prefecture, ensuring that these events "generate now systematically disturbances to public order", reiterates its appeal "to the responsibility of the organizers".

Protest anti-marriage gay: 12 people in custody