Access to the Toulouse hypercentre is prohibited to all undeclared events on Saturday 4 but also Sunday 5 December, because of the crowds caused by the end-of-year celebrations.
Access denied. Undeclared events will be prohibited from entering the Toulouse hypercentre during the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November. Although it is not mentioned, this directly concerns the demonstration against the modalities of application of the health pass and compulsory vaccination for certain professions.
Indeed, the prefect of Haute-Garonne Etienne Guyot issued a decree on the “prohibition of access to the hypercentre of Toulouse to any unreported protest rally on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December”, according to a press release from the Haute-Garonne prefecture.
A similar decision had also been taken for every Saturday since July. To justify its decision, the prefecture explains that “disturbances to public order have arisen in downtown Toulouse during undeclared gatherings in recent months”. She cites as an example “acts of violence within the procession”, “attempts to intrude into the town hall of Toulouse and the regional prefecture”, “violence, throwing projectiles”, or even “the invasion of several places ”. She believes that “these problems could happen again.” Also, “the absence of a declaration of event does not allow the organizers to be identified”.
Note that the decree for this weekend has a new argument to justify the ban on access on Sunday, in addition to Saturday. “For the end of the year celebrations, businesses will open on Sunday, December 5, in addition to the Christmas market on Place du Capitole. The same high attendance as on Saturday is expected in the Toulouse shopping center.
Finally, the prefecture specifies that “as was the case previously, the prohibition order (…) relates only to the territory of the city center delimited by the boulevards (the latter not being included). Thus, demonstrations are not prohibited as such, provided that they do not fall within the perimeter of the Toulouse hypercentre.