Paris police brutality protest turns violent

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2020

As the Paris demonstration wound down, police fired volley after volley of tear gas and protesters threw debris.

The Paris police force "is not violent, nor racist: it acts within the framework of the right to liberty for all", he insisted in an email to the city's 27,500 law enforcers.

Thousands of people on Tuesday defied a ban to protest in Paris over the death of a young black man in French police custody in 2016, using slogans that echoed the protest movement raging in the US.

Tensions also erupted at a related protest in the southern city of Marseille.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell's remarks in Brussels were the strongest to come out of the 27-nation bloc, saying Floyd's death was a result of an abuse of power.

In Europe on Monday, thousands spilled across streets in Amsterdam to denounce police brutality, and those demonstrating in Paris urged the French government to take police violence more seriously and held up signs like "Racism is suffocating us".

He died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

Protests against racism and police violence have spread throughout U.S. cities in the past week and recently have come to several European countries including the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.

He described the circumstances of the unarmed man's death as "shocking".

The New South Wales police on Tuesday said in a statement that the officer implicated in the incident has been put on restricted duties until the investigations were underway, reports Efe news.

Around 3,000 people, mainly Australians but also some from the US and elsewhere, marched for around half a mile under police escort. Bosselut told The Associated Press that Traore's death wasn't linked with the conditions of his arrest but other factors, including a preexisting medical condition.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Australian government would support Channel Seven, where the cameraman worked, should it wish to lodge its concerns over the incident in Washington with US authorities through the embassy there.

"As a black woman, I'm exhausted of seeing my brothers go down".

In Sydney, a mostly Australian crowd, but also including protesters from the US and elsewhere, marched for around a half-mile under police escort in the authorized, two-hour long demonstration.

"What's happening in America shines a light on the situation here", she said.

United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet said the protests highlighted "not only police violence against people of colour, but also inequalities in health, education, employment and endemic racial discrimination".

Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said his government would question United States authorities on that specific case "to find out the exact circumstances".

Meanwhile they would contact the aboriginal leaders of the area to keep them informed of the process.

"It can not be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism", Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement, adding that black people the world over are shocked and distraught.

Kenyan opposition leader and former Prime Pinister Raila Odinga offered a prayer for the US, "that there be justice and freedom for all human beings who call America their country".

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