The rally was banned by authorities amid concerns of “risks of disturbances to public order.”
The organizers said they will march anyway to show solidarity with the Palestinians during the most recent armed confrontation between Israel and the Gaza-based militant group Hamas.
Impressionnant dispositif des forces de l’ordre à #Barbes après l’appel à un rassemblement de soutien au peuple Palestinien, interdit par les autorités.
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) May 15, 2021
This is what happens in France when peoples protests to defend Palestine
Prohibited demonstration and repression
Shame on Macron and all his terrorists friends#FreePalestin #Barbes pic.twitter.com/2i6p0KF9wt
— Zak🇩🇿❤ (@monsieurzak932) May 15, 2021
— Mehmet Ardıç 🇹🇷 🇵🇸 (@MehmetArdic_) May 15, 2021
“We refuse to silence our solidarity with the Palestinians, and we will not be prevented from demonstrating,” the Association of the Palestinians in Ile-de-France said.
Around 4,200 police officers were deployed to manage the rally.
Hamas began firing rockets at Israeli cities on Monday, to which the IDF responded by bombing multiple targets in Gaza.
The cross-border attacks led to civilian casualties on both sides.
The escalation was preceded by clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in East Jerusalem.