Police use tear gas against racial injustice protesters in France

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

From Sydney to Paris, world outrage at George Floyd's death in the us was growing Tuesday as the European Union's top diplomat said the bloc was "shocked and appalled" by it and thousands marched in Australia's largest city.

French riot police have fired tear gas on thousands of protesters who threw projectiles and set fires in Paris during an unauthorised demonstration against racial injustice and police violence.

Paris police formally banned the protest in the French capital as all public gatherings are still not allowed in the country amid the virus crisis.

Two small fires broke out, and green and grey barriers surrounding a construction site were knocked over.

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

French protesters took a knee and raised their fists while firefighters struggled to extinguish multiple blazes as a largely peaceful, multiracial demonstration degenerated into scattered tensions.

Protesters gathered on June 2, 2020 in Paris, for a demonstration to show solidarity with U.S. protesters and denounce the death of a black man in French police custody.

"Always was, always will be Aboriginal land", protesters chanted on Tuesday.

Protesters around the world have expressed solidarity with Americans demonstrating against Floyd's death. "My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now", Woods said on Twitter."I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement".

Mr Floyd died last week after he was pinned to the pavement by a white police officer in Minneapolis who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck until he stopped breathing.

Fears of the coronavirus remain close to the surface and were the reason cited by the police for banning Tuesday's protest at the main Paris courthouse.

Several thousand people defied the ban, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10, with some lighting fires in the streets. A protest was also planned in The Hague, Netherlands.

Police are investigating after the 16-year-old was taken to hospital after the June 1 incident.

"Today we are not just talking about the fight of the Traore family".

One of the three arresting officers told investigators that Traore had been pinned down with their combined bodyweight after his arrest.

They were protesting after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Adama Traore's death, whose case has always been a rallying cry against police brutality in France.

Last Friday, French medical experts exonerated the three police officers, dismissing a medical report commissioned by the young man's family that said he had died of asphyxiation.

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Amazon Music also noted that it will not be posting to social today, in honor of the event. Since Floyd's death on May 25, protests have broken out nationwide and worldwide.

"I can't breathe" notably were the final words of David Dungay, a 26-year-old Aboriginal man who died in a Sydney prison in 2015 while being restrained by five guards.

A woman holds a sign as protesters gather in Sydney, on June 2, 2020, to support the cause of USA protests over the death of George Floyd.

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

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

Linda Burney, the opposition spokeswoman on indigenous Australians, said on Tuesday more than 430 indigenous people had died in Australian police custody since 1991.

The sister of an indigenous Australian teenager who had his legs kicked out from beneath him while being arrested by a police officer says children shouldn't be mistreated because they're being "lippy".

Numerous protesters drew inspiration from the protest movement in the United States over the police killing last week of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, brandishing viral slogans in English such as "Black Lives Matter" and "I can't breathe".

Jones said the protest was important to show support to people in America, but also to remind Swedes that racism "does exist here, it's very real and people are being harmed from it".

Demonstrations in the United States during the past week have resonated around the world, with solidarity protests held in other countries.

The drama unfolding in the US drew increasing diplomatic concern.

The European Union's top foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU was "shocked and appalled" by the death of Floyd.

"This is not the United States of America", Assistant Commissioner Michael Wiling told reporters.

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

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said peaceful protests in the US following Floyd's death are "understandable and more than legitimate".

Ray O'Shannassy, one of the rally's organizers, said he hopes the protest - and a far larger one planned for Sydney on Saturday - will lead to long-term change.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo addresses participants of the "G20 Investment Summit" in Berlin, Germany ON November 19, 2019.

Meanwhile, more African leaders are speaking up over the killing of Floyd.

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