Despite driving wind and rains, thousands of Parisians turned out for the 31st Annual Fete de L'Humanite in Paris last weekend (13-14 September).
Despite driving wind and rains, thousands of Parisians turned out for the 31st Annual Fete de L'Humanite in Paris last weekend (13-14 September). The fair, which roughly translates to the celebration of human rights, is sponsored by the French Communist Party and Party Secretary-General Georges Marchais was among the crowd on Sunday (14 September).
The Communist sponsorship does not mean the Fete is of interest only to Communists, though. With its amusement facilities, rides, food and colourful entertainment, the fair manages to attract people of all political persuasions.
It's held at La Courneuve Park in a northern Paris Suburb and covers a 330 acre (1344 hectares) site. There are 350 bars and 130 restaurants scattered over the fairgrounds. There are representations from 40 different Communist Parties and their sympathizers.
The celebration of human rights coincides with the release of the annual report by amnesty International, a London-based organisation which investigates violations of human rights and lobbies against political repression.
The report cited 107 Communist and non-Communist countries for violating human rights and criticised them for "downgrading human rights into privileges". Prime among the 107 cited was Indonesia which Amnesty International says has detained more than 550,000 persons without trial for periods dating back as far as 1965