[A2k] For an immediate end to the French state of emergency: call for a mass mobilisation!

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For an immediate end to the French state of emergency: call for a mass mobilisation!

Paris, 25 January 2016 — **On the 5th February, the French 
National Assembly1 will consider the law on the 
constitutionalisation of the state of emergency. Prime Minister 
Manuel Valls has already announced that he wanted an extension 
to the state of emergency "[until we can get rid of Daesh 
(fr)][1]", that is to say, for months or years. Together with 
numerous organisations, La Quadrature du Net calls for the 
rejection of trivialisation of the state of emergency and for a 
mass mobilisation against interference with civil liberties and 
with the rule of law, notably by demonstrating on 30 January and 
more specifically by calling MPs.**

Two months after the beginning of the state of emergency and 
before its renewal or insertion into the French constitution and 
resultant impact on criminal law, more and more organisations, 
citizen groups, trade unions and individuals have become aware 
of the [risk that this state of emergency][2] represents for our 
institutions and civil liberties.

To stop the government's escalation of security measures, which 
destroys the bases of our institutions day after day and 
trivialises attacks on fundamental rights, it is urgent to 
clearly demonstrate our refusal of this obnoxious policy.

La Quadrature du Net has made a number of [tools][3] available 
to citizens who want to take action against the state of 
emergency, empowering them to call MPs for free to convince them 
to oppose the government and assume their role as a 
counter-power controlling the executive power.

Similarly, various organisations opposed to the state emergency 
call for demonstrations throughout France on 30 January in order 
to publicly express our rejection of these policies.

**The website [etatdurgence.fr (FR)][4] brings together all the 
relevant information required to take action.**

La Quadrature du Net calls on everyone to take part to these 
initiatives and regain control over fundamental political issues 
that France must face in these difficult times.

As everyone is affected, everyone has the power to show the 
government that its actions are misguided and that it would be 
far stronger if it questioned its choices and decided to fight 
France's enemies with the weapons of law and civil liberties.

As the government seeks to stifle all debate or explanations, 
any critical distance or reflection, it is up to us to show that 
we care for our civil liberties and for a state committed to 
justice, civil rights and its values!

**_"The permanent state of emergency must not be allowed to 
become the norm in France. It violates numerous fundamental 
rights and undermines the foundations of democracy. La 
Quadrature du Net [has opposed][2] it since it was enacted in 
November. Today, we count on French citizens to be wiser than 
their government and to massively mobilise in order to openly 
express, by emails or phone calls to their MPs and by going to 
the multiple demonstrations on 30 January, that these excessive 
security measures and headlong rush into authoritarianism are 
not what we want for France"_** states Adrienne Charmet, La 
Quadrature du Net's campaigns coordinator.

* References :*

   [1]: http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2016/01/22/97001-20160122FILWWW00145-l8217etat-d8217urgence-sera-prolonge-jusqu8217a-ce-que-l8217on-puisse-se-debarrasser-de-daech-annonce-valls-sur-la-bbc.php
   [2]: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/police-state-in-france
   [3]: https://etatdurgence.fr/#agir
   [4]: https://etatdurgence.fr

** About La Quadrature du Net **

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In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster 
a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. 
Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La 
Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in 
the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.

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international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 
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