An uncoordinated protest in Paris in memory of the death of 24-year-old Adama Traoré after his detention by the police in June 2016 escalated into riots and clashes between protesters and police. This was reported on Tuesday, June 2, in the Prefecture de Police de Paris.
The rally began in front of the courthouse in the north of the city. The first few hours of the rally were peaceful, but then aggressive demonstrators began to stage pogroms. They also tried to block Periferic Boulevard, began building barricades and set fire to building structures, garbage cans, road signs.
In response, the police on site used tear gas. However, it has not been possible to disperse the demonstrators to date.
According to the police, over 19,000 people were participating in the protest.
In France, there was a ban on mass events in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Adama Traoré died on July 19, 2016, two hours after his arrest in the commune of Beaumont-sur-Oise, located north of the French capital. According to the young man’s family, he died as a result of violence by gendarmes.
The Paris rally is taking place against the backdrop of ongoing riots in the United States since the beginning of last week, following the death of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd as a result of severe police detention. The incident took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where mass protests began.