Thousands of individuals protesting police brutality in Paris confronted scenes of carnage and chaos as police fired tear gasoline at protestors and beat them with batons on Sunday.
Marching beneath the banner, “march for justice and dignity“, protestors chanted “no justice, no peace” in response to 22-year-old Theo, who was raped with a police baton earlier in February, when officers searched him within the northern Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.
One officer has been charged with rape, whereas three others have been accused of aggravated assault. All three deny any wrongdoing. According to the lawyer representing the officer accused of rape, the penetration with the baton was “carried out by accident.”
According to witness, shortly after 5pm, clashes started breaking out between police and protestors.
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A reported 7,000 to 7,500 folks marched from Place de la Nation to Place de la Republique, carrying banners that referred to as for “Justice and Dignity and Stopping Police Impunity” in what was a nonetheless a peaceable protest.
Clashes broke out between some protesters and police at round 5 pm native time.
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At the tip of the protest, about 1,000 hooded demonstrators have been filmed throwing Molotov cocktails and flares at police, who responded with tear gasoline.
Two cops have been taken to hospital with minor accidents whereas three folks have been arrested and home windows of 5 banking establishments have been broken, experiences AFP.
The protests stem from the alleged sexual assault of a 22-year-old black man, named Theo, by the hands of 4 officers whereas in police custody in February.