Paris, France – Thousands gathered in Paris to condemn France’s continued implementation of state of emergency laws, which they described as a government “coup”.

Saturday’s protest in the French capital drew demonstrators as varied as anarchists and undocumented migrant workers, among others – all of whom shared concerns that the emergency measures unnecessarily empower security forces.

President Francois Hollande initially declared the state of emergency on November 13, following the killing of 130 people by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL – also known as ISIS) group in attacks in Paris.