TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Thousands of protesters marched through Nantes, demonstrating against the bill approved by France’s parliament banning the dissemination of images of police officers.

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One of the most controversial elements of the new law is Article 24, which would criminalise the publication of images of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their “physical or psychological integrity”.

It was passed by the National Assembly last week — although it is awaiting Senate approval — provoking rallies and protests across France.

Rally organisers are calling for the article to be withdrawn, claiming that it contradicts “the fundamental public freedoms of our Republic”.

Protesters were seen carrying flares and banners, while marching through the streets, with police spotted using tear gas to disperse them. Those involved in the publication and dissemination of the pictures could face a year in prison or a fine of up to €45,000 ($53,8400).