The police were expecting only a few thousand protesters; she saw 23,000 arriving! The authorities believe, however, to have "mastered" the prohibited rally organized Tuesday in Paris, at the call of the family support committee of Adama Traoré, this young black man of 24 years, died in 2016 after his arrest by gendarmes in Beaumont-sur-Oise (Val-d'Oise).
However, the ex-RG rarely make mistakes. "But with social networks, people aggregate at the last moment and it becomes difficult to make forecasts," defends a Parisian police commissioner. One thing is certain: the George Floyd case, named after this 46-year-old African-American who died of asphyxiation by a white police officer on May 25 in the United States, was the catalyst for a movement that crossed borders.
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Assa, Adama Traore's sister who has been fighting for justice for her brother for four years, did not hesitate to draw a parallel with this drama across the Atlantic. "They had the same words: I can't breathe anymore, I can't breathe anymore ," she said.
Racist French police and gendarmes? The Minister of the Interior takes issue with this idea. And he promised " a penalty " for " each fault " or racist word in the ranks of the police or the gendarmerie. Christophe Castaner also castigated the thugs for Tuesday's demonstration.
It all started calmly around 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the protesters were already more than 15,000. A heterogeneous audience made up mainly of young people from immigrant backgrounds, but also activists from the far left. At 8:30 p.m., the call for dispersal was launched by the district commissioner. Some demonstrators then joined the ring road, others went to Clichy or to the north of the capital. Degradations, projectile jets have multiplied.The prefect of Paris police, Didier Lallement, reported to justice the breaches of the law noted the day before
Appraisal: several trash fires, barricades. The thugs set fire to bikes, electric scooters, and two construction machines. In addition, four businesses have had their windows starred or tagged.
In Clichy, the facade of the municipal police premises was degraded, as well as a vehicle and the front of a supermarket.
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The police had two wounded in their ranks and were able to arrest 18 people, including 17 placed in police custody. Intruders are said to have brought two cans of gas into the Lawyer's House, located below the courthouse, but the building has not been degraded. The doctrine of "distancing" the breakers, favored by the PP, has been "rather effective" , says a Parisian official. But in the opinion of many police officers, the suburbs remain restless.
Wednesday, the prefect of Paris police, Didier Lallement, reported to justice the breaches of the law noted the previous day, as it was a prohibited and unreported event.