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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, November 30, 2015

Paris has good reason to ban demonstrations

Despite a ban on demonstrations thousands of people took to Paris's streets on the weekend as the climate summit began, and there were clashes between protesters and the policy on the Place de la République. The state of emergency regulations imposed after the Paris attacks should be observed, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera urges: "The war is not an abstraction. The sirens that once sent the citizens scurrying for cover in air-raid shelters could also have been interpreted as a symbol of a suffocating state of emergency but bombs did indeed rain down on the city. It was war. A different war, but a war like the one Paris has been experiencing since November 13. And if the French authorities ban a rally organised for the climate summit in Paris, they are not curtailing an inalienable right but resorting to elementary protective measures. Wartime protective measures - even though the word should be used with caution and the warlike atmosphere should not be aggravated with brazen and irresponsible belligerent actions."

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