In the center of Paris on March 24 held a large-scale demonstration of the opponents of legalization of same-sex marriages. About 30 police officers and gendarmes have suffered such data announced today by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic Manuel Valls.
According to police, just went to a demonstration of about 300 thousand people. Organizers estimate the number of participants in the 1.4 million citizens.
"Group of protesters tried to march through the barriers. The police showed composure, "- said Waltz. According to him, some of the most aggressive-minded demonstrators wanted to come to close quarters with law enforcement officers, and when they failed, they started throwing them in the materials at hand. "We used a tear gas. This is true, but the measure was justified, "- said the Minister. Law enforcement officers arrested 98 demonstrators, 6 of them were arrested.
The protest, initiated by the organization "Demonstration for All", was carried out against the so-called law "Marriage for All", which if adopted would legalize same-sex marriage in the country and will allow these families to adopt children. Against the move from representatives of right-wing opposition and the Catholic Church. In mid-February, the bill was approved by the National Assembly (the lower house of parliament) of France, and its consideration in the Senate (the upper house of Parliament) is scheduled for early April.
The legalization of gay marriage was one of the campaign promises of President Francois Hollande. The head of state did not rule out holding a referendum on the issue.
Previous mass protest was held on January 13 at the Champ de Mars in Paris, took part in it from 340 thousand (according to police) to 800 million people (according to estimates of the organizers).
Questions legalization of same-sex marriages have recently attracted increasing attention of Western society. So, in early February, the House of Commons of the British Parliament also voted in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages. To change the current legislation 400 MPs voted against — 175.
According to media reports