Sabtu, 28 November 2020

Protests in Paris turn violent in wake of footage showing police bashing black music producer Michel Zecler - ABC News

Black-clad protesters have clashed with security forces at the end of a demonstration against police violence in Paris.

It came after masked protesters launched fireworks at police lines, put up barricades and threw stones.

The interior ministry said there were 46,000 protesters in Paris.

The majority of the thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully, but small groups of protesters smashed shop windows and set two cars, a motorcycle and a cafe on fire. The fires were put out quickly.

Police said they had made nine arrests.

France's Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, condemned the "unacceptable" violence against police, saying dozens of members of the security forces had been wounded.

"Thirty-seven police officers and gendarmes were injured during the demonstrations, according to provisional figures," he wrote on Twitter.

"I once again condemn the unacceptable violence against the security forces."

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CCTV shows French police repeatedly beating an unarmed black man.

The protests followed the publication this week of CCTV footage showing three police officers beating black music producer Michel Zecler for several minutes in Paris on November 21.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke out against the officers' actions on Friday, saying: "They shame us."

The officers shown in the video have been suspended pending an internal police investigation.

The incident has also fanned anger about a draft law that is seen as curbing journalists' right to report on police brutality.

The bill would make it a crime to circulate images of police officers in certain circumstances.

The journalists' organisations and civil liberty groups which organised the marches were joined by far-left militants, environmental activists and yellow-vest protesters.

The yellow vests have been protesting against government policies for two years.

A man climbs a traffic light and attempts to hammer a CCTV camera.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris for the demonstration.(AFP: Jacopo Landi)


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2020-11-28 23:01:00Z

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