France: Protesters in Paris march against racism

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Hundreds of people in Paris protested on Saturday against racism and police violence and in memory of all the Black men who died after encounters with the French police or in suspicious circumstances.

Many protesters gathered in the neighborhood of the Place of the Republic.

Some carried a label bearing the words “Justice For the Ibo,” a reference to Ibrahima Bah, a 22-year-old, who died in October motorcycle crash in the Paris suburb of Villiers-le-Bel, while allegedly trying to escape a police control.

Bah family accuses police of his death.

The demonstrators marched to the former home of Lamine Dieng, a 25-year-old Franco-Senegalese man arrested in 2007, who died in a police van.

Speaking to the Associated Press during this event, Ramata Dieng, sister of Lamine Dieng said she hoped the protests were not only a moment of brief awareness. ”

A separate demonstration in support of undocumented workers, which has drawn hundreds of protesters had planned to join in the fight against racism in march.

Last week, it emerged that the French government has agreed to pay 145,000 euros ($162,000 US) for Dieng’s parents after protracted legal debates.

The event comes in the wake of the assassination of George Floyd, an african-American man whose death in the u.s. city of Minneapolis has galvanized protesters around the world to unite against racism and police brutality.



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