“Violence has no place in a democracy,” said the Minister of the Interior.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday condemned the incidents that broke out in the evening in Paris on the sidelines of a demonstration bringing together nearly 20,000 people to denounce the police violence. “Violence has no place in a democracy,” he said in a message posted on Twitter.
Projectile jets, tear gas fires, demonstrators on the ring road, barricades … Clashes enameled this rally prohibited by the police headquarters because of the health crisis. It was held in the context of protests in the United States and other countries after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black American who was asphyxiated by a white police officer in the United States last week. In the French capital, the appeal was launched by the family support committee of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who died in 2016 after his arrest.
“Violence has no place in a democracy. Nothing justifies the excesses which occurred this evening in Paris, whereas the rallies of public highway are prohibited to protect the health of all “, tweeted the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner.
At the beginning of the evening, Assa Traoré, older sister of Adama Traoré, had thrown to the crowd: “Today, it is not any more but the fight of the Traoré family, it is your fight with all of you (…) . Today, when we fight for Georges Floyd, we fight for Adama Traoré “. Faced with the young woman, spokesperson for the Adama Collective, demonstrators, young and of all origins, chanted “Revolt” or “Everyone hates the police”.
In the crowd, quantified at 20,000 people by the prefecture, were branded placards displaying “Black Lives Matter”, “Silence = asphyxiation” or “Decolonize the police”.
Other demonstrations took place elsewhere in France against police violence, gathering 2,500 people in Lille, 1,800 in Marseille, 1,200 in Lyon or 400 in Lyon.
These demonstrations took place on the day that a new expert report was released, carried out at the request of the family of Adama Traore, implicating the gendarmes in the young man’s death.