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Did French police prevent medical help for injured protesters?

On March 31, 2021, French police were accused of preventing medical help for injured protesters in Paris during a demonstration against the government's proposed security law.

Witnesses reported that the police blocked ambulances from entering the area where demonstrators were injured, and that medical personnel, including those from the Red Cross, were unable to get to the injured protesters.

The accusations have been strongly denied by the French Interior Ministry, who have claimed that the police were only trying to protect the injured protesters and that they acted in accordance with the law.

However, the French human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, has said that the police's actions may have been a violation of international law.

The incident highlights the increasing tension between the French government and its citizens, who are protesting against the proposed security law. The law, which would give police greater powers to use facial recognition technology to identify suspects, has been met with widespread criticism from civil rights groups and the public.

The incident has raised questions about the French police's tactics and the use of medical personnel in emergency situations. It is clear that the police must adhere to human rights standards and ensure that people who are injured in protests are given access to medical care in a timely manner.