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#Thousands of Parisians protest George Floyd’s death as global outrage mounts

Thousands of Parisians protest George Floyd’s death as global outrage mounts

June 3, 2020 | 8:45am

Nearly 15,000 people in Paris defied the government’s orders restricting large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic to protest the killing of George Floyd, racial injustice and police abuse of power around the globe, according to reports.

The demonstrators took a knee and raised their fists Tuesday while firefighters fought to snuff out several blazes as a mostly peaceful, multiracial protest devolved into scattered tensions that resulted in the use of tear gas by police.

Video released by BFM TV appeared to show a group of protesters burning a Colonial American flag with French and American names inscribed on the white stripes, according to the Washington Post.

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The protest, which was organized by “Justice for Adama,” also sought to raise awareness about incidents similar to Floyd’s killing, including Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who died in custody of French police in 2016.

Demonstrators carried signs with both men’s names along with the words Floyd said while a Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck: “I can’t breathe.”

In Traoré’s case, police were accused of jumping on the construction worker’s back and suffocating him.

“Today, it’s no longer the fight of the Traoré family — it’s all of your fight,” Assa Traoré, Adama’s sister and one of the march’s organizers, told the crowds Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.

“Today, when we fight for George Floyd, we fight for Adama Traoré,” she added.

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The demonstrations in France came amid a growing global outage over Floyd’s death.

Chanting “I can’t breathe,” thousands marched peacefully through Sydney, Australia’s largest city, while thousands more demonstrated in the Dutch capital of The Hague and hundreds protested in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Expressions of fury also erupted in multiple languages in social media, with thousands of Swedes joining an online protest and others speaking out under the banner of #BlackOutTuesday.

Diplomatic outrage also mounted, with the European Union’s top foreign policy official saying the bloc was “shocked and appalled” by Floyd’s death.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refrained from directly criticizing President Trump, saying protests should force awareness of racism everywhere.

Paris Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban

A demonstrator holds a “Black Lives Matter” sign during a protest against police brutality in Paris.

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Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires Demonstrations In Paris

Anti-racism protesters in Paris calls for justice after the 2016 death of Adama Traore.

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Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires Demonstrations In Paris

Anti-racism protesters in Paris calls for justice after the 2016 death of Adama Traore.

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Police clashes with Protesters at French Anit-Racism Protest

Anti-racism protesters in Paris calls for justice after the 2016 death of Adama Traore.

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Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban in Paris

Security forces intervene in a protest against police brutality at the “Tribunal de Paris” courthouse.

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Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban in Paris

Security forces intervene in a protest against police brutality at the “Tribunal de Paris” courthouse.

Julien Benjamin Guillaume Mattia

Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban in Paris

A demonstrator holds a banner in front of a burning barricade following the intervention of security forces in a protest against police brutality at the “Tribunal de Paris” courthouse.

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Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban in Paris

Security forces intervene in a protest against police brutality at the “Tribunal de Paris” courthouse.

Julien Benjamin Guillaume Mattia

Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban in Paris

Clashes erupt after security forces intervene in a protest against police brutality in Paris.

Julien Benjamin Guillaume Mattia

Anti-Racism Protest Continues Despite Ban in Paris

Demonstrators protest against police brutality at the “Tribunal de Paris” courthouse.

Julien Benjamin Guillaume Mattia

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Protesters jump over the gates of the Martin Luther King Park, northwest of Paris, to escape tear gas.

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“We all watch in horror and consternation what’s going on in the United States,” Trudeau said after pausing 21 seconds before answering.

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“But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we, too, have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day. There is systemic discrimination in Canada,” he added.

Paris protester Xavier Dintimille said: “This happened in the United States, but it happens in France, it happens everywhere,” adding that while police violence seems worse in the US, “all blacks live this to a degree.”

With Post wires

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