Cynical use of Paris demonstration by war criminals and ruling elites

Freedom of speech of the reactionary ruling classes . . . and a staged photo
A march of 1.3 million people took place in Paris on January 11 to condemn terrorism and express outrage at the shooting in Paris on January 7, with millions more demonstrating in other parts of France. The participation of 40 heads of state and other international figures was heralded in the monopoly media which ran photos suggesting these leaders stood at the head of the march through Paris streets. An angle shown on French television reveals the staged nature of the photos, taken on a closed and guarded side street.

Twitter user @DanielWickham93 received wide attention on January 11 when he pointed out case by case that the most prominent participants in the leaders’ photo op were themselves responsible for criminalization of conscience and suppression of journalists including jailing and killings. Israel killed 16 Palestinian journalists during its assault against Gaza in July-August 2014.

An organization called the Committee to Protect Journalists says that Turkey, a NATO member, has more journalists jailed than any other country.

Among those participating in the photo op were Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, Jordan’s Queen Rania, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to France, the Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shokri, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and current NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Canada was represented by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.

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