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Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group within the National Assembly, and Rima Hassan, LFI candidate for the European elections, have been questioned by the judicial police in Paris on Tuesday, after feedback linked to the struggle between Hamas and Israel. Several hundred folks had beforehand gathered in help of the 2 ladies.

The Insoumises Mathilde Panot and Rima Hassan have been heard, Tuesday April 30, within the premises of the Parisian judicial police as a part of investigations for “apology of terrorism” after feedback linked to the struggle within the Middle East, certified summons of “censorship” by La France insoumise.

“It went very well,” assured, smiling, the Franco-Palestinian activist Rima Hassan to the press after two hours of listening to.

The candidate for the European elections, current in seventh place on the LFI listing, defined that her summons adopted an interview given in November to the media Le Crayon. In an extract, now deleted, we see the 32-year-old lawyer saying that it’s “true” that Hamas is finishing up reputable motion.

Procedures transmitted to the prosecution

The particular person involved denounced a “cut extract” and deceptive of her response and specified that the investigators had been capable of view your complete interview.

“The only logical result can be a classification without further action,” mentioned his lawyer Vincent Brengarth. He hopes that the prosecution will make such a choice “as quickly as possible”.

The process was transmitted to the general public prosecutor's workplace for evaluation, indicated the Paris public prosecutor's workplace requested by AFP.

Mathilde Panot was heard in a press launch revealed by her parliamentary group on October 7, the day of Hamas' unprecedented assault in opposition to Israel.

This textual content sparked controversy as a result of it notably drew a parallel between the assault by the Islamist motion, described as “an armed offensive by Palestinian forces”, and “the intensification of the Israeli occupation policy” within the Palestinian territories.

According to a supply near the case, the process was additionally despatched to the prosecution for evaluation.

“It is not only Ms. Panot who was summoned today nor even rebellious France, it is the entire political bench,” protested to AFP Me Jade Dousselin, his lawyer, castigating a prosecution which “establishes itself as arbiter of public debate and forgets its absolute role as prosecuting authority”.

“They will not silence us”

Before their summons on Tuesday morning, the 2 Insoumises went to a help rally, bringing collectively a number of hundred activists, close to the headquarters of the PJ, in 17e borough.

“In which democracy are anti-terrorism methods used against political activists, community activists or trade unionists?”, launched Mathilde Panot in entrance of her supporters who chanted “Resistance” and waved Palestinian, LFI or South-South flags. Africans. And to denounce “an unprecedented headlong rush”.

“I want to tell the pro-Israeli lobbyist organizations behind these complaints that they will not silence us,” mentioned Rima Hassan, her shoulders lined with a keffiyeh.

Many deputies from La France insoumise, from François Ruffin to Louis Boyard, have been current.

Other left-wing figures, such because the environmentalist MP Sandrine Rousseau or the previous NPA candidate within the presidential election Olivier Besancenot had additionally responded to the decision.

Anne Guillemin, a 36-year-old LFI activist current within the crowd, got here to “defend freedom of expression”.

The Rebels, who describe the scenario in Gaza as “genocide” and have made the protection of the Palestinian trigger the principle focus of their marketing campaign, denounce the usage of justice to silence pro-Palestinian voices.

They notably criticize the criticism for “public insult” introduced by the Minister of Higher Education, Sylvie Retailleau, in opposition to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who had drawn a parallel between the president of the University of Lille and the Nazi Adolf Eichmann after the cancellation of two conferences in Lille.

The leader of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot, the head of the LFI list in the European elections Manon Aubry, the leader of the Insoumis Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the candidate Rima Hassan and the LFI coordinator
The chief of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot (on the appropriate, in blue), the pinnacle of the LFI listing within the European elections Manon Aubry (in white blazer), the chief of the Insoumis Jean-Luc Mélenchon (within the middle), the candidate Rima Hassan (in black and white jacket) and LFI coordinator Manuel Bompard (left), March 16, 2024 in Villepinte. © Bertrand Guay, AFP

“A candidate is summoned to the police for her ideas. French democracy is seriously fractured. The world looks at us stunned,” the previous presidential candidate denounced on Tuesday on X.

“No pressure on magistrates”

“In a democracy, we would all be very inspired not to comment, not to put pressure on the magistrates (…). That goes for everyone, it therefore also goes for the leaders of La France insoumise,” declared on the similar time the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, touring to the headquarters of Aéroports de Paris as a part of the Olympics.

Several voices from different political households defended freedom of expression. “Even if I am at the antipodes of La France insoumise, I will fight so that they can express their ideas,” declared the president of the Horizons group to the Assembly, Laurent Marcangeli.

Since October 7, the variety of reviews and complaints for “apology of terrorism” has exploded: to the Paris prosecutor's workplace, which handles the vast majority of these circumstances, there have been 386 referrals to this point in reference to this battle.

With AFP